I have an obsession with history; the ways of the past and how the people of the past lived their lives. How did they do it?  I have always been fascinated with historical landmarks, old cabins, abandoned mines, and rusty machinery.  I look at a derelict homesteads deep in the woods and want to know who built them, how they built them, what did they have to do to make these places their homes. I admire their hard work and struggles and their utilitarian lifestyles.

The problem is I’ve always grown up in a suburban environment and not until the last few years have I been able to pursue these interests. I have had the opportunity to be a historical interpreter; trying to live life like my pioneer ancestors.  I have portrayed numerous characters some real and some fictionalized.  I’ve been a Swedish immigrant logger in the year 1914, a gold prospector in 1875, a gold miner, a railroad worker, an Austrian homesteader in 1907, a traveling snake oil salesman and more.  Each of these roles were mainly in an education capacity for teaching others in a living-history type environment, but through my experiences I have learned so much about the skills needed to sustain the self-sufficient lifestyles of the past. I want so badly to keep these practices in my daily modern life, but the requirements of my college life, and suburban home have kept me from being the homesteader I want to be. I wont be able to bring my burros, cows, chickens, goats, garden, gold panning, and logging tools to my small apartment in a busy college town, but I don’t want to lose that connection I have with the past.

I want to share my stories and show that this is more than just a brief sojourn in the woods. It is for this reason I want to be as self-sufficient as possible and try to mesh a homestead life with my city life.  How can I “homestead” in a 700 sq. foot 3rd floor apartment?


3 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I share your secret desire for a Back-To-Nature life, but I am too catlike to give up my comfy reclining sofa and flat screen TV. But for you, beloved friend of beloved son (or beloved son of my beloved friend) check out both Urban Organic Gardener and Urban Chickens on line to find a world of wonder!

  2. Ian, have you seen Ray Mears’ YouTube videos? He’s one of Mark’s favorite. :)http://www.youtube.com/user/RayMearsBushcraft

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