I'm Nate and I'm 32, living in New Zealand with my partner. She posted her introduction here recently. I take care of adults with disabilities as my career, and in my spare time I garden, and do wood- and metal-work, as well as cooking. I also naalbind (Naalbinding)
I'm interested especially in non-electric and person- or animal- powered tools and machines. I've really enjoyed looking at plans here about making various bicycle powered devices. I've got a small-scale forge and make tools and fixings to improve our quality of life. I'm currently working on a froe made from a hardened lawnmower blade we bought from the dump. I also use springs and steel lying by the side of the road to make hooks and things.
I've been enjoying reading about everyone's projects and interests, and am looking forward to contributing.
Phil, that's an excellent goal! A lot of the people I work with and support are very interested in and capable of physical labour and farm work, especially with animals. It is unfortunate that our society doesn't have a way for many of them to be as productive as they might be. I hope you are successful.
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