Foxfire 6

Book Review: Foxfire 6
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Like Foxfire 9 that we reviewed earlier, Foxfire 6 is a great historical documentary to teach us how our ancestors lived prior to rural electrification.

This classic book deals with shoemaking, children’s toys, musical instruments, wooden locks, and has a very interesting story of a rural genius that powered a sawmill using salvaged car transmissions, axles, and differentials turned by a waterwheel from his own homemade dam.

This book is not a prepper boor per se, but the mindset of our ancestors is a vital one to recreate is we are to survive any type of long term collapse, depression, or recession

I have several of the foxfire books and have a goal to get the complete set.  I have spent hours and hours as a teenager reading the foxfire books and planning all the things I would do as an adult and was free to explore and create my own little pioneer homestead.

I look forward to the day when I can share the information in this book with my son.  I know little W.T. would love to have a banjo built as described in this book.  I don’t know how his mother would field about a 4 year old with a homemade banjo.  If the sound did not kill her the deliverance jokes probably would.

Foxfire 9

Book Review: Foxfire 9
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I am a big fan of the Foxfire books, this volume, Foxfire 9, Includes discussions on general stores, the Jud Nelson wagon, a praying rock, a Catawban Indian potter, haint tales, quilting, home cures, and the log cabin revisited.

While some of this may not directly relate to disaster preparedness, any information on how our ancestors ran general stores may come in handy in a barter economy, wagon building is a lost art, so is quilting, but the ability to transport goods and keep warm are both essential skills.
I used to experiment with the home remedies when I was a teenager, and while some of the cures listed are not effective, some seem to have worked.

Personally, I feel any information I can gather on how my ancestors functioned in rural America before electrification could be useful in the event we ever had a long term catastrophic disaster that ended our industrial infrastructure. How likely that is, I will leave to you, but even above that, I think this book is worth owning for the historical value alone.

This was one of my first “Prepper” books and I spent many hours reading Foxfire 9and dreaming of a time I could build my own log cabin.

“Second Tier” List of Recommended Specialty Books

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I subscribe to a Good, Better, Best philosophy when it comes to preparedness resources.  I would rather have a good piece of equipment RIGHT NOW, than have plans to buy the best most ultimate piece of gear someday.  Then as I learn to use that good piece of equipment, it helps me know what too look for when I have the resources to upgrade.

Once you start to understand the fundamental skills contained in the non-fiction must have list, you may want to learn more details.  This next list of recommended specialty books is a little more in depth.  It will be followed by a third list at a later date.