Technology and Traditional Skills and Crafts

Recently I have been researching new and upcoming technology. Living in an off grid house far in the country, we are quite insulated from what is changing in the world around us. That may be a good thing.

The World Economic Forum recently suggested that we are entering the 4th Industrial Revolution. At the beginning of an industrial revolution the technology changes very fast and as a result so does the way we live. The things that are being developed and soon to be common is mind boggling.

Boston Dynamics New Autonomous Atlas Robot:

This thing is just crazy. The technology leap they have made in the past year is unbelievable. Not only can it walk around and perform tasks on its own, but it has a very advanced balance system unseen before. Pretty cool but also a little freaky.


Quantum Computer:

I really don’t even understand how this works, but I am posting it anyways as the quantum computer can change everything. The idea of the quantum computer has been around for some time, but up till recently thought to be impossible. Many of the great scientist and physicist have said once the quantum computer was developed, the technology from it would bring about advances very quickly as it can do computing problems in seconds that would currently take years. It is speculated that this technology will bring about true A.I.(Artificial Intelligence). Combine that with the Robot above would bring us into the Sci-Fi arena.


Entire Buildings made by printing on 3D printers:

This building was printed, not built like we know traditional construction. They have made a giant printer that prints one layer at a time to build a house or apartment like in the photo in a matter of days.


Brain Computer Interface:

Now this one is really bizarre. The tech is already developed but currently being refined. A few people have had a chip implanted in their brains that allow the use of robotic limbs like Luke Skywalker had for his robotic hand. Google also announced a little while back that they are already working on making the software to work with the BCI that would allow you to browse the internet and download information directly to your brain. Say what?


The reason for posting those examples is to make this point.

What has struck me, is how much more important it is going to be that we keep the traditional skills and crafts alive in the future that is coming quicker then most think. The community has grown in the past few years, but as an overall, it is still tiny.

One interview I read recently by the CEO of Google said that we are entering a digital blackout era and that we should print off photos and documents we want to keep. What he was talking about is that the technology is going to change so rapidly in the next five to ten years that much of our data will not be accessible. This is what he has termed a “Digital Blackout”, which he said would lead to much of our current history will be lost since there will be very little hard copies of documents, photos, and videos. Everything is now digital and is easily lost.

This has made me think about how we need to keep the tradition of working with our hands in our crafts alive and store this information in our minds. We have to preserve these skills and share them with others so the are not lost or forgotten. It is nothing new for crafts or skills to be lost in time, but I think we are entering an age where this will be more of a possibility then in the past.

Keep traditional skills and crafts alive by practicing and sharing them with others, especially the youth.

Lets hear your thoughts in the comment section.


P.S. All the things talked about in this blog post are readily available on the net, if you are so inclined to do more research.


“Contact Me” Form – Finally Working

I just want to apologize for not responding to all those who have sent me a message via my contact form under the “Contact Me” page.

Last summer I had problems with my email for my blog and subsequently the contact form. This has kept me from getting any of the messages sent to me. I have worked hard to get access to it over the past year without any success. Finally tonight I was able to get ATT to reset my password.

There are several hundred emails via my contact form that I literally just got tonight since July of 2015. I am going to work this week to write people back. My responses will be fairly short as there are so many emails to address, but I just wanted people to know I have not been ignoring you.

Thanks and sorry once again.


Watercolor Maple Leaf

As usual my busy life has cut into this blog. With building the house I have not had much time for any of my hobbies. 

That past week while visting my wife’s parents, I started playing around with watercolor painting. This is something I have wanted to try for a while. My father in law, Phillip, who is a fantastic watercolorist and acrylic painter, gave me a little lesson in watercolor painting. 

Phillip gave me some nice brushes and paints as well as this paper and some 140lb paper I am waiting to try out after I get a little experience under my belt. This will get me going and I am thankful for the help in getting started. 

I had a good time with him and I am inspired to start playing around with watercolors in the evening after the kids are in bed and we are not working on homestead and house projects. 

This little maple leaf is just my third watercolor and I think it is good enough to share. It is on a lightweight 90 lb paper so it buckled a little more then a heavier 140 lb or 300 lb watercolor paper, but still worked out well.  

Thanks Phil!

Making A Puukko Without Power Tools by Ilkka Seikku


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I found this cool article about making a traditional puukko (knife) and thought others might find it interesting like I did. This article is a reblog of a reblog, as it appears that the original article is no longer available.


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Here is a very interesting piece by Ilkka Seikku about making a puukko without any power tools.  I hope he’ll favor us with a sequel on the leather work aspects of this project. Thank you Ilkka!

Ilkka’s website:

and blog:

“First I forge the blade. I use my foot powered forge and hammer it from silversteel. It’s necessary to hammer the blade straight to its shape and even the bevels need to be almost ready after forging. It´s very hard to file the blade if during forging the hammering hasn’t been so good.

I forge this blade to be something like 90 mm long and 22 mm wide. It has rhombic section and the thickest point is about 5 mm. It´s quite regular and traditional size. If you’re lucky enough to have seen some old Finnish maasepänpuukkos, you may have seen they have hammer marks on the bevel…

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