Handmade Tools In Thailand/Why Blacksmithing Might Feed You

July 15, 2013

Gardening Tools

I’m a sucker for tools. And I’m a sucker for items that are handmade. This traveling salesman combines both:

According to the poster of that video, there’s a dearth of good imported tools in Thailand since many of them are shipped to the West. One thing I’ve wondered about is this: after TEOTWAWKI, will local blacksmithing rise up from the ashes? My bet is yes. When tools become too expensive to ship, and the imported junk starts to break, I’m sure the free market is going to fill the gap. Even at this point in American history, there’s a rising need for local artisans.

How many shovels have you broken in your lifetime? How many rakes? Stuff breaks – and thanks to the cheap Chinese crap filling the shelves of local hardware stores, it breaks a lot more than it used to.

Imagine a scenario where gas goes through the roof. Suddenly, stores aren’t getting re-stocked. Simultaneously, the cost of food goes sky-high. That pushes a lot of folks to jump into gardening – yet tools are now scarce. The value of a good shovel or rake is much higher than it was a year before… and you’ve got a forge, plus plenty of scrap lying around. I’m thinking you’re going to be a very popular fellow at that point.

Blacksmithing might seem like a pretty arcane art these days. We usually only think of it in terms of wrought ironwork, horseshoes and maybe some dude making swords… but when things get tough, homemade tools like shovels, hoes and maybe even machetes are going to be in major demand.

I’m thinking it’s time to take a few classes.

Or stock up on these 8 most important hand tools for Teotwawki know.

About David The Good

David The Good is a naturalist, author and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David is the author of four books, writes a regular column for The Ag Mag in North Central Florida, is a Mother Earth News blogger and has also written for outlets including Backwoods Home, Survival Blog and Self-Reliance Magazine. You can find his books on Amazon here. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie who now lives somewhere near the equator on a productive cocoa farm. Visit his daily gardening and survival blog here: The Survival Gardener And for lots more gardening info, click here and subscribe to his often hilarious YouTube channel.

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One Response to “Handmade Tools In Thailand/Why Blacksmithing Might Feed You”

  1. Taylor Michaels Says:

    There are some blogs where metal casting is shown to be within the realm of amateurs.


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