JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on learning about sewing machine belt replacement. (See the Vlogs and Instructional Videos section.)


Great Book of Woodworking Projects: 50 Projects for Indoor Improvements and Outdoor Living from the Experts at American Woodworker

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Pacific Northwest Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Alaska Blueberries to Wild Hazelnuts (Note: The same publisher has companion books on foraging in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast.)


The Cocoanuts. The zany comedy of the Marx Brothers is hard to describe. You will either love it or hate it. I’m one those who love it.

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AGI Glock Pistols Armorer’s Course


Vlogs and Instructional Videos (Sewing Machine Belt Replacement):

Singer 66 Changing The Drive Belt by Old Sneelock’s Workshop

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How to Repair Replace Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Cord Belt

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How You Can Make a Treadle Sewing Machine Belt

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The latest from Nomadic Fanatic: RTR 2018, Scooter Update, & AMAZING Cargo Trailer Build.  A brilliant cargo trailer camper conversion tour by cabinetmaker LBRoVe of Florida can be seen, starting at the 9:30 mark.


Here is a fantastically rousing sermon that I can highly recommend: I Am A Constitutionalist, Not An Anarchist – Message by Dr. Chuck Baldwin on Oct. 29, 2017

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“From Such Withdraw Thyself” – Message by Dr. Chuck Baldwin on Jan. 28, 2018



Gamma Seal Lids.  (They are food grade, of course.)

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Kinden Fireplace Fan, a 4-Blade – Heat Powered Stove Fan for Woodstoves. If treated well, a passive fan like this can last a lifetime.

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Davis Instruments 6163 Wireless Weather Station; UV/solar/fan

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  1. Thanks to Survival Blog, I have been introduced to Pastor Chuck Baldwin. I watch/listen to his weekly sermons and Bible studies almost every day since they are archived going back several years. His church is not a 501c3 tax exempt church. This allows him to tackle sensitive and often controversial topics. The kind of stuff the other churches won’t touch for fear of offending or even turning away members of the congregation. Topics such as abortion, Zionism, politics and the military industrial complex all come up frequently. He is not under the thumb of the IRS or anyone else’s, free to say whatever he pleases.

    He is not, I repeat not a racist or an anti Semite. But he is anti Zionist. He is not anti military, but he is anti war. He is a true Patriot who tells it like it is. Old school preaching at it’s finest. Please take the time to watch/listen to his sermons. You will always learn something. He makes you think and question, sometimes it’s uncomfortable but it is always sound and thoroughly steeped in Biblical truth. This man loves the Lord, and he knows the Book inside out. Can’t recommend him enough.

  2. PNW Foraging is one of my favorite books on the subject! I highly recommend it. In addition, if you are new to foraging, search Craigslist or local trade media for folks giving classes if you are unsure or find an experienced person(s) to tag along with. Elderberry and Oregon Grape jelly are wonderful. If you like mushrooms, it is easy to dry several types for a medley to add to soups/stews, casseroles, and other dishes. There is a lot of good food out there for little cost.

  3. The Cocoanuts. Brilliant.

    “This is the heart of the residential district. Every lot is a stone’s throw from the station. As soon as they throw enough stones, we’re gonna’ build a station.”

    “You can have any kind of a home you want. You can
    even get stucco. Oh, how you can get stucco.”

  4. Well, I know that’s a deep subject. I am very new to prepping. I’m a 55 yr. old, wife, and mom of 4. You know what? I have a great difficulty trying to figure out HOW to G.O.O.D. with my family. First of all, I have severe arthritis, 3 herniated disks in my spine, and NO, Nada, Zilch cartilage in my one knee. So to say the least, it really puts a hitch in my git-a-long. I am under doctor’s orders to NOT WALK long distances. My trike was stolen from my back yard a few years ago. THEN I have a 115 lb. daughter that requires a wheelchair due to Lumbar 3/4 Spina Bifida. My other daughter has Spina Bifida Occulta, so she can walk but lacks stamina and balance, that concerns me while she’d be hiking cross country. My third daughter is in moderately good shape. She’s a med tech, and walks miles during her shifts. My son, is 6’5″, works at Amazon, and rides Shank’s Mare quite regularly between buses on his commutes to the other side of Orlando, FL from us. My husband is in moderately good shape, 64 years old, and still works as Maintenance full time at an Assisted Living facility. So do YOU have any suggestions for us? I mean, I don’t have a car, my husband has it at work. Then my daughter leaves for her second shift, with hers. They both work an hour away. We just bought a house in Deltona, so we will be closer to my husband’s and daughter’s work, cutting it to 20 to 30 minutes away. But still, while I am prepared to hunker down in place for hurricanes just fine….I am concerned, about a G.O.O.D. situation and so is my husband. Do you have any suggestions, or ideas? I am also looking for what best investment for my first gun? I used to be quite the marks-woman in rifler y courses with .22 rifles and air guns.

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