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Relocating -- Soliciting Advice

 
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I'm currently in southern Maine. I've spent the last decade+ keeping a smoldering interest (mostly devoid of any commercial possibility) in hand tools and green woodworking. In particular, (in some chronological order) axes and their use (and traditional handle making), crosscut saw filing and general reclamation (and systems of firewood processing by hand, more broadly), and scythes (American and European/continental style) -- though I carry an interest in any tool I'd estimate to be a tool of the "subsistence craftsman" family; various sundries like spokeshaves, good vintage shovels, draw knives, peaveys, chisels and gouges, etc. I think of what I do as "improvisational woodworking" so anything to that end I have an especially keen interest in. See facebook.com/callahanaxes / https://wildwoodscythes.com/ for a peak into a bit more background and a few pictures (and some of that commercial non-viability -- in person took natural precedent over internet presence). I owe a lot of gratefulness to my friend Benjamin Bouchard of Baryonyx Knife co. and the late Peter Vido in my journey particularly with regards to axes and scythes.

I'm looking into relocating somewhere in the Northeast. Maybe as far south/east as WV. My "head" comes up with various logistics, but my "heart" has no real clue where to begin, other than to try to solicit talks with people on the ground. I've been part of the under 35 hippy/intentional community/beaten path alt-culture for some time and feel a change towards more emphasized rootedness and a different and more individual style of connection is very necessary for me.

I've looked (only a) bit into resources like IC.org simply as a way to offer up low key/osmosis residency style workshops on various hand tools' use in exchange for a place to stay in areas I may be interested in exploring settling potential. I would be thrilled to skip that entirely and find individuals/partners/families with extra quarters and an interest applying hand tools on their own properties -- because at any rate, these are the connections that would be perhaps my primary consideration in vetting an area for the kind of extensive community I want. In my experiences with intentional communities, whether well formed or prospective, I didn't find the social/interpersonal dynamics very congruent with my social energy levels or style of interacting. (Not a dig at IC's, just not where I am at currently)

If anyone has either any ideas on additional outlets to solicit, or more direct leads on possibilities, I would be very grateful. I tried to keep this fairly terse to combat my tendency to at ties over-write, but I would be happy to discuss more at length and share more of my story and what I can share to help the co-vetting process move along.

Thanks to all.

 
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