Hand Tools Part 1: Human Hands.

I am hoping to diversify a little this year in terms of what I cover, don’t worry there will still be plenty of plant posts, but I think that covering some other areas of simple living could help put my love of plants in context for people.

I have been experimenting with some primitive skills and doing some simple woodwork, as well as preparing to learn how to hunt. I plan on writing about some of the hand tools I use, and some of the ones that I make.

This is part 1 of a series on these tools. It is a photo essay on the most basic of tools, the ones that harvest, and process most of the wild foods that I eat, and the ones that make and use the other tools.

Human Hands.

My son picking mulberries (Morus spp).
My son picking mulberries (Morus spp).
Ground Cherries (Physalis spp.)
Ground Cherries (Physalis spp.)
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia).
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia).
Black nightshade (Solanum ptychanthum) leaf.
Black nightshade (Solanum ptychanthum) leaf.
Wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana).
Wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana).
Common chickweed (Stellaria media).
Common chickweed (Stellaria media).
My son holding a puffball (Calvatia or Lycoperdon spp.) mushroom.
My son holding a puffball (Calvatia or Lycoperdon spp.) mushroom.

Get out and learn something.

I also hope to actually get some more book reviews done soon.

Nate

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