Winter is a tough time, especially if you’re used to being physically active. It’s easy to get bored and stir-crazy so you need to plan for this time in advance. If a disaster strikes or even if you get a bad storm, you may not have electricity or other modern conveniences such as computer games, the internet, or video games, so be sure to have a mental list of hobbies and a stockpile of supplies to get you through.
Here are a few suggestions for winter hobbies for the self-reliant man.
1 – Wood Working
Though electric tools are great, you don’t need them to make things from wood. All you need are some saws, sandpaper, nails, a hammer and maybe some stain or paint and a drill. Hand sanding is time-consuming but you’ll gain two things from it: a tremendous sense of accomplishment and a great eye for not wasting product that you’re just going to have to sand down. You’ll learn to cut much better, we promise!
Oh, and don’t forget: you’ll have a finished product that will be sturdy, reliable, and custom-made to meet your needs. Wood products make great gifts, too. Be sure to stockpile plenty of dry, workable wood and some extra blades, nails and sandpaper or else you’ll end up with a bunch of half-finished projects.
2 – Gardening
A great winter hobby for the self-reliant man is gardening. There’s no reason that your food should lack fresh herbs or, for that matter, some fresh tomatoes or peppers, because they can all be grown inside. You’ll also want to start your summer garden plants in early spring while it’s still freezing so that the young plants will be ready to go in the ground when it warms up enough.
3 – Models and Art from Scraps
You can make models or art from scraps that you have laying around the house. Metal, wood, or even paper Mache projects are all great ways to pass the time and make aesthetically pleasing works of art. You can whittle, machine or layer many different projects.