I do a lot on the Dave’s Homestead website, mostly because I do a lot of stuff in real life – thats my secret power. I read everything I can get my hands on, think about it, try it, and if it works keep it, if it doesn’t work I smash it and try again.
Dave’s Homestead is not a place to go to find pinteresty perfection. Its not a place to find pretty techniques – actually experts tend to cringe at my duct taped solutions. What I look for are things that work with a moderate level of skill and resource input. I want things that real people can do without spending years gaining special skills. For that I am willing to give up a degree of reliability, longevity, and ease of use. There is no such thing as a free lunch. You can have things that are cheap, that work well, or are easy – and you can pick any two.
I work for the government, and therefore make my salary from your tax dollars – so I should not be rich (and I am not) so I have find 50 dollar solutions to 500 dollar problems. (an idea stolen from the late David Gingery).
At Dave’s Homestead you will find articles on how do do things. People that do things tend to make mistakes. I learn from my mistakes and willingly wade through internet trolls and haters to save you from making those same mistakes.
I have a lot of guest posts from people that also want to share ideas with the readers of Dave’s Homestead. I don’t do a lot of vetting of the articles – if it is categorized as a guest post I did not write it. Otherwise the information comes from my own first hand experience.
If I wrote it, I did it – I did not read about it once and regurgitate it as fact. I got up and spent some time and energy trying it out. I videotape almost everything I do on this site (unless my camera is down – I am hard on technology). If it works I show it, if it doesn’t I show it. I make mistakes. I sometimes have an out of focus video, or my thumb is over the phone camera.
I don’t have a team of production assistants, most times my wife is mad at me and won’t even hold my camera. My son loves stealing my camera tripod and using it to make tents and forts.
In short I am a real person trying to do things for the betterment of the prepper community. and the World as a whole. I believe in what I do, and hope my work is helpful to you.
My world view is shaped from my experiences, and as a DIY guy my experiences come from my life.
I grew up as the son of a Park Ranger, so I spent my afternoons, weekends, and summers alone in the woods.
I barely graduated high school, and what got me over the edge was my mother explaining to the principal that I had a date with Paris Island and asking if the school wanted me another year…
After six years in the Marines I started working in the Prison system, mostly in Maximum Security housing units, but flexible enough to work any post in any shift. A few years of that had me transfer to my states Emergency Management Agency where I worked for over 10 years in training, planning, and operations. I went back to corrections in 2015 and quickly found work as an Academy Instructor. While I do work for the Government, my opinions on this site are my own and in no way represent my state, and when I am working for the taxpayers my opinions are based on policy and law and not prepper experiments….
Along the way I became a LE firearm Instructor, a NRA Training Counselor, taught college for a few years, and wrote some non-fiction. I have been on reality TV, and tried podcasting. I have two large binders filled with certificates certifying thousands of hours of training and licenses from a variety of skills, I quit adding to the binders because I find that paper is not a good predictor of success – effort, a willingness to try, and a refusal to quit are much more important.
I don’t claim to know all the answers, and admit, some of my ways aren’t technically correct, but they work for me and I know enough to know when what I doing won’t work for others.
What I do I share, and what you see on Dave’s Homestead is normally done in one take, with no editing or special effects. I do what I do and hope someone gets value from it.