Self Reliance

At the time of writing this for the 23 June 13 launch we have heard in the news how close (6 hours) that we were as a nation to running out of gas due to a cold snap in March. It was also announced that in this country we are only one day away from a food shortage and it was suggested that if there was an emergency we are only 3 weeks away form the shops becoming empty of foodstuffs.

Can you imagine what would happen if the gas did stop flowing? No heating, no electricity most of our power stations are gas powered.

With no electricity there would be no access to cash your water would stop flowing, petrol could not be pumped.

Nights would become very dark and cold some might be old enough to remember phased blackouts in the 1970’s when there was an oil shortage, it was not a great time and if we ran out of gas things would get a lot worse very quickly.

In recent times we have seen the panic when the fuel tanker drivers went on strike. Perhaps it is time now to think about how you and your family would cope if these shortages start tomorrow.

How would you provide heat, food and water for yourself and family?

Do you feel confidant you and your family could cope, are you self reliant in your ability to survive or even thrive in such a situation?

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Woodwise are here to provide you with some of the answers we have over the years run courses many of which are seen as traditional crafts, some as survival courses as well as healthy and sustainable living.

Much of the kit/gear we have used on our courses is now tried and tested and works well. Listening to the feedback from our course participants who expressed the desire to buy this kit/gear we can now offer much of it on this site.


Wisdom Of the Wildwood

The name Woodwise North East evolved from the research done into the wisdom of the wildwood and how the Mountain Men and Explorers of North America learned to survive and then thrive in the wilderness there in the 1800 hundreds. Living well in the wilderness would not have been possible without being taught the techniques by the native peoples of the area who new the forest well and instructed the incoming Europeans how to make clothes that would endure in the environment how to make tools and gear for survival along with shelters and techniques for making fire. Other skills learned in this period would include tracking, hunting, making canoes and shelters, trapping animals, fish and birds, identifying wild foods such as edible plants and fungi as well as the techniques used for processing the skins into usable materials. The Europeans of this period quickly learned that the majority their kit and clothing just was not up to the mark for living in the wilderness and learned that the their native cousins could teach them how to adapt to the basic necessities of life and how to live in this new land successfully. Much of what was learned in the 1800’s is still viable today and it is just not for the historical re-enactors to learn but for everyone children and adult alike. Much of what was learned in the 1800’s is still very important and valid today.

We live in a very uncertain world today and real threat of:

  • Nuclear war,
  • Fuel shortages,
  • Global crop failures
  • Economic melt down
  • Banks going bust
  • Natural disasters
  • Climate change
  • Sun spots/flairs or electro magnetic phenomena

If any of these things or combinations of things happens how would we cope as individuals, families, communities or even countries are we prepared? Already we are seeing food banks being set up to provide food for needy people in the UK.

Every year we hear and see more incidents of extreme weather causing:

  • Floods
  • Tornados
  • Prolonged cold wintry weather
  • Prolonged dry weather causing water shortages
  • Crop failures
  • Massive price increases for food and fuel

Making life very difficult for us, causing misery, destruction, even death not just for people but also for farm animals and agricultural crops as well as the economic situation of the country as a whole.

The question that we should be asking is do you have the ability to endure and survive:

Power cuts like we had in the 1970’s when we experienced fuel shortages?

Could you survive a flood at your home or your workplace?

Panic buying of food and water from the shops?

How will I heat my home or cook without gas or electricity?

Am I able to protect my family and friends in time of civil unrest

Some of the answers to these questions can still be learned from the wisdom of the wildwood learned in the 1800’s by those European explorers and settlers and can be seen in subjects we can identify today such as:

  • Woodcraft
  • Bush craft
  • Camp craft
  • Fire craft
  • Self reliance
  • Emergency preparedness

As already asked are you and your family aware of some of the potential problems identified. Do you have the knowledge to survive for long periods without electricity?

Without electricity how can you function

The banks would have to close, no access to money

Computers would not work, causing failures in traffic movement and distribution systems

  • Your central heating would fail
  • Food would spoil in your fridge and freezer
  • The shops would sell out of food within three weeks
  • Fuel could not be pumped at garages
  • Hospitals would stop functioning

The answers to these problems can be seen in the teachings the Europeans learned from the native peoples, the knowledge and the techniques are just as useful today and could be applied to many of the situations already discussed. We do have some modern bits of kit, which would help address, the situations above and we can use modern materials such as gortex, solar power, Wind power and waterpower to help alleviate some of the problems. A more sustainable approach to life is needed and we can address some of those issues by thinking and acting in a more sustainable way and using some of the many methods available to instead of having a dependency on oil, imported foods, fuels, and living in a system that thinks more of money and bonuses than people. To address these issues we have to consider small scale, local as opposed to global and to do this we have to consider other systems of living such as:

  • ┬áCommunity supported agriculture and horticulture
  • ┬áLocal energy systems such as wind, water geo thermal, solar including photo-voltage and solar thermal, biomass heat and energy systems
  • ┬áLocal shops selling locally produced goods
  • Improved local transport systems fuelled by more sustainable fuels
  • Cut down on unnecessary packaging
  • Recycle, reuse refurbish
  • Composting and worm farming systems
  • Permaculture