Zach Simone wrote: Although power tools and heavy fossil fuel machinery arent in my vision of the future I did acquire skills in that arena in case I see them as a tool worth using during the start of my homestead
Devin Lavign wrote:Something to consider when looking at tools, is what doing it by hand will take vs using a machine to do it. For example, if you want to terrace a hill. You could do it with hand tools, but it would take years of hard labor. While if you rent an excavator the terraces could be doing their job after just a few days or weeks. So if you think about the machinery as cutting out the years of supporting the labor, you would likely have a lower carbon foot print using the machine.
Similarly with other machines. That said, sometimes the cost wont be worth it. But other times it will. I am of a similar mind as you, I would love to have things more eco friendly and more done without using machines. There is a lot of good that comes from hand work, slowing down and truly feeling things out. You get a lot better feel of wood for example when working with hand tools than power tools. So even if machines make things faster, they might not be the best choice. But sometimes the help of the machine can really be the right choice. Learning when and where it is right is something our culture is not good at, yet. but We can hope.
Zach Simone wrote:Great points Travis, I love the ideas. I will certainly have to look more into using machines efficiently for when I start developement on my future permaculture projects.