Paul Wheaton talks to Alexia Allen, who is spinning wool. Paul talks about the thread, "Doubts about Holzer," and how almost all people who do great things have detractors. Paul asks about Alexia's benevolent dictatorship. Alexia talks about kids on the farm. She mentions Coyote Mentoring at Wilderness Awareness School. Alexia talks about bird language, and slowing down. Alexia offers her contact information, upcoming events, and favorite books. Alexia talks about harvesting turkeys. Alexia shares her thoughts on technology, and uses what helps her create meaningful relationships. They talk about being vegan. They talk about raising goats. Alexia is interested in transforming suburbia into more nature-connected, permaculture-aligned villages.
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Alexia's point about the kinds of technology - and whether they really help improve
relationships/ interactions in our lives or not was brilliant.
Over time, I have found myself becoming more interested in 'low tech' solutions.
The spinning wheel is a great example. A drop spindle, which has been around for
many thousands of years all around the world, and is still in wide use today, is
another example. It's 'lower tech', more simple, totally portable, and can even be
used when one is walking. It is easy to make, and pretty easy to use, thought
skill can be developed, allowing for its use with a wider range of fibers and with a
wider range of results (yarn types).
'Back strap looms' in the Andes are another example: the women there create
intricate patterns woven of fine threads using what is basically a stick in the
The skills and patterns are passed from one generation to the next, with patterns
denoting the weavers' native villages. Relationship! They are often spinning and
weaving the fiber of their alpacas; another relationship!
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