Small Farm Skills and Lifestyle Challenges
By Colin Croucher
In recent times there has been a dramatic shift in the preferred lifestyle of so many people, some have made a Sea Change and choose to live by the coast, others make a Tree Change, and move
to the country to embrace the rural lifestyle, where the air is clean and fresh, and the day to day living is much more relaxed than one could ever experience in the city.
The small farm or country location generally provides a low stress lifestyle, a rural lifestyle means bidding farewell forever to the daily grind of the peak hour work commute. Sophisticated Internet technology provides ready access to the city based office; it is now feasible to work in your rural based office and be equally productive as if you were actually "In your city based office".
You'll now be able to claim your life back, and have more time to spend with family & friends, to pursue new hobbies & interests, Or spend some time tending to the daily chores around your rural lifestyle property.
But rural life is not all beer and skittles.
What will you do when equipment & machines begin to break down on your small farm? Will you have to call in the local expert to repair & fix things every time you have a minor mechanical disaster?
Wouldn't you like to acquire the skills and know-how to be able to rebuild or repair all manner of things on your small farm.
Living in a rural environment generally requires a plethora of special skills such as: Fence building, to build new farm fences, or to build handling yards to hold sheep or cattle, there's no doubt you will need
a special set of yards to hold animals while you work and care for them. If you want to build small sheds, welding and fabricating skills will serve you well. Carpentry skills will also be a big help when it comes
to building or renovating around the farmhouse.
DIY is a growing trend right across most western countries, driven by the fact that it is becoming more and more difficult & expensive to secure the services of a suitable tradesman, many people are resorting to learning many practical skills, and surprising themselves at just how good they are at accomplishing things with tools & new skills that they previously never dreamed possible, it is all part of the push to be self-reliant, and being able to maintain your small farm, without having to rely on too much outside help.
One particular metal work hobby that is burgeoning across the globe is hobby metal casting, this amazing ancient process is carried out using the methods and techniques passed down from previous generations to create cast metal objects and items from molten metal, mainly bronze and aluminium, but the experienced worker can even melt and pour cast iron in the home hobby foundry.
Once the skill & knowledge is acquired, the small rural farm enterprise is an ideal place to fabricate the tools and the simple equipment to begin the art of metal casting, many new cast items can be readily made from scrap aluminium or bronze, such as; replacement parts to repair old machinery, many people who have lathes, mills and drills often look to metal casting as a natural extension of their general metal working skills.
The art of metal casting is not difficult to learn, and it is an amazing process, this ancient process can be used to make high value products from readily available scrap metal. The creative person can even make art castings. For the practical small farm operator searching for a new challenge, or a new hobby to indulge those spare hours in, this hobby could provide a real creative challenge and personal reward.
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