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Edgar Lindamood of Acme Arms (courtesy

“Edgar Lindamood makes his bread in a shop that stocks Nagant revolvers, Makarov pistols, 6.5mm Swedish, 7.7mm Japanese and 7.65mm Argentine ammunition,” reports. “He doesn’t sell it, he just practices to perfect his recipe, making adjustments with each loaf to get it right. . .  ‘I do it because I like making things. I like to make my own beer, my own mead and my own bullets. It gives you a sense of self-reliance when you make your own stuff,’ he said.’There’s a pride in making your own things. There’s something satisfying about casting your own bullets, loading your own ammunition and seeing it work. It’s the same thing with bread.'” What kind of bread do you like? Do you make stuff?

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  1. I am a major fan of a good baguette and butter. I know it is simple but you can’t beat it for a quick treat if you are in a hurry and need some fuel.

  2. I make my own beer, occasionally make my own bread (a crusty malty whole grain is quite good) have made my own cheese once or twice, occasionally make some furniture or shelving, do my own gun-smithing, make my own bacon when I have the time, so many other things that I do or can make when I want.

    It’s not hard to make most things, the difficult part is usually buying the equipment necessary for doing so, capitol costs definitely limit me from doing some things.

    • Bread’s easy. Throw yeast, bread flour, oil and your choice of spices into a bowl. Let it rise for a day. Pour it in to a pre-heated Dutch oven, and bake for a while.

    • I’m a Three-Hole Punch enthusiast too. It’s so rare to meet another. Are you a Swingline man?

  3. Been a hobbyist woodworker ever since I could remember (Dad was a woodworker and I can remember hanging out in the shop at 4 years of age and I’m 39 now – you learn quickly the difference between maple and pine when trying to nail them together), and can make most anything from simple 2×4 and plywood workbenches to kitchen cabinets to solid wood tables and boxes (with or without veneer inlay).

    To make it gun-related, I’m planning on trying to make a set of grips for my Inox 92fs (got enough Poplar to practice with, and some nice Afzelia burl for the real deal). I’ve also got an SKS that I want to try and make my own rifle stock for. Not sure when I’ll try or what species that will be made out of yet.

    I also do a bit of welding on the side (self-taught acetylene torch), and am dabbling in stained glass (for some extra income). I sit in front of a soul-sucking computer for work, so building concrete items is therapeutic – so much so that I’m heavily considering switching to a career as a welder after taking some classes.

  4. My favorite bread is the kind without significant deposits of lead and gunpowder inside it. I used to make my own bread but I haven’t in a long time.

  5. I make excuses. I’ve been doing of for years and am considered a master. You name it, I can make a custom-fitted excuse to avoid it.

  6. Seconded on the baguette with unsalted butter, can’t be beat. Maybe a chunk of two-year-old Grafton Village cheddar and a Northern Spy apple. I also make pretty good chili, meatloaf and clam and fish chowders.

    I’m doing some basic gunsmithing stuff, and playing around with RaspberryPI gimcracks and doodads; so far I have a pretty secure email server with one of them; next up: an external security webcam.

  7. As I am a total mechanical klutz, I usually just make a mess. I’m quite exceptional at that. I’m also good at breaking things.

  8. I make all kinds of things. I tend to subscribe to the Heinlein “specialization is for insects” philosophy, so I like to build my own buildings, fix my own cars, grow my own vegetables, fix my own guns, make my own furniture, rebuild my own engines, and so on. I do know my limitations, though, so I don’t have a problem paying a professional to take care of something that’s out of my comfort zone (or requires expensive, specialized tools), but like the guy in the quote, I get real satisfaction out of being self-reliant as much as possible.

    • In other words you are extremely dangerous and should be kept under watch. 🙂 Slowing the velocity of the Money supply by doing your own work is anti-liberal.

      • It really is sad how far our society has crumbled in just a generation or two. When I was growing up, it seemed like my dad knew how to do just about anything, or he had a buddy or neighbor who knew how to do it, or they’d figure it out through trial and error. Nowadays, when my neighbors see me fixing a weedwhacker or building a cabinet, they’re amazed that I (a college-educated professional, even!) would know how to do such a thing.

        I fixed a leaking plumbing connection under a neighbor’s sink a few months ago (a very simple fix), and by their reaction, you would have thought that I had just performed some stupendous feat of sorcery.

    • Amen Stinkeye, you summed up my philosophy. I like to think of myself as a renaissance man of sorts; I can do lots of different things and know a lot of different things. I can swing a hammer, and turn a wrench or talk literature, philosophy, and politics just as easily. I may be an expert in but a few areas, but my interests are diverse and I’m a capable person within all of them.

      Pretty much anything involved with building, fixing, or making my own item/product/process I will try my hand at until I succeed. Like Stinkeye, should I lack the knowledge or tools to do the job effectively or safely I will defer to an expert for instruction or the doing when necessary.

      Its a great way to go about things; always learning something new and amazing yourself with what you can accomplish with you own two hands and a little bit of knowledge.

  9. I dont like bread. Sort of sad that the act of applying heat to a mix of water and flour counts as self-reliance these days.
    Like boiling your own box of mac and cheese.

    • Fine Debbie-downer. You go sow your oats and make your bread from da real scratch. Me? I’m gonna make a delicious sour dough in the meantime. Also, you forgot yeast. And kneading. And proper rising time. Etc.

      • +1

        I don’t recall anyone saying that making bread was the be-all and end-all of self-reliance and only counted as such. It’s one of many things that get us off dependency, and maybe just a first step for someone who hadn’t even considered it before. So why not dump on ’em, I guess. Geez.

        Not everyone is in a position to cast their own bullets, build a pickup truck from scratch or make their own shoes.

        • It was meant as a dump on society not the individual. More power to the guy for baking bread. Maybe Martha Stewert will get a PBS show about reloading ammo.
          I stand by what I said: sad that baking bread counts as self-reliance.
          Baking is just something people do.
          I had a guy about my age a few Summers ago marvel at me changing my oil. He kept asking me “why” and “arent you worried you’ll break something?” Was I being “self-reliant”? No. I was being cheap and lazy because I didnt want to drive across town and pay some guy twice what a job is worth and wait twice as long as it should take to do it.
          Are we really at the point in society where not being a worthless sack is something to be applauded or quizzically studied?
          Dude bakes bread. Okay. So do billions of other people. Most do it on hot rocks in holes in the ground with grain they harvested and ground themselves. My grandma baked half a dozen loaves on Sunday. Should I write an article for TTAG about her?

          • Understood.

            I count a person baking his or her own bread from scratch in this society as a basic step toward some form of self-reliance rather than toting home a loaf of that processed crap from the local supermarket. I am aware that less “civilized” peoples have baked their own on hot rocks or whatever since recorded human history, as did our own Western European ancestors before it all got industrialized. We are probably now moving beyond the point in this society where being other than a worthless sack of dependent chit has been applauded and singled out; more and more folks make stuff for themselves now. Which is a good thing. The more derps realize how possible it is, the better for us all.

            I may email Martha Stewart and ask her to do a show on reloading ammo or target practice or whatever; I have a feeling she might go for it. Maybe feature some of them firearms and gear targeted for women, in color-coordinated styles and suchlike. What could it hurt? Nothing ventured, nothing gained…

    • Guess you never made bread. It is sort of like firing a gun. Simplified is that anyone can just point and shoot them. Just like anyone can apply heat to a mixture of water and flour. But to make great bread takes practice in what exact amounts of ingredients in the mixture to the humidity in the air. Just like being accurate takes practice in the trigger pull, your draw, your breathing.

  10. I used to run a start-up that makes humans. But after rev. 3 we kind of had enough so we stopped.

  11. Homebrewer here, currently have a Hefe-Weizen fermenting in the closet. I wish I could make cartridges, but I don’t have the space in an apartment…

  12. I love a good marble rye. Especially when it’s packed with corned beef, sauerkraut, a couple slices of Swiss cheese and some thousand island dressing. With a beer on the side. And maybe a pickle.

  13. The only bread I make is the liquid kind. Just made an Oktoberfest on Sunday.

    ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.’ – Benjamin Franklin.

  14. As a history dork, I make scale ship models, of old sail ships, frigates, etc..they take months or years, and researching them at the bench or while researching firearms..All the same to me..both relaxing that goes “pew pew pew pew..”

  15. If only we could turn our heads into breads
    We could slice ourselves up and make sandwiches

  16. I assemble computers– which actually turned out to be a lot like building ARs. Figuring out purpose, sorting through all the options and specs, choosing and assembling based on a budget.

    I’ve finished some 80% lowers which is the closest to really ‘making’ something… addictive hobby and hard to resist doing another with a just slightly different set of components. When I can afford it I’ll do one more– a franken-gun with every part a different color– why? — I have no idea.

  17. I make Puukko’s. Haven’t got past the part of just buying the blade blanks from Lauri(Finland), but it allows me to spend lots of quality time working with exotic materials and they usually turn out pretty nice. I don’t make any money at it. Just end up buying more materials.

    And, I love good bread, a regular at my watering hole bakes his own and brings fresh loaves every once in a while.

  18. I make a mean Applejack..and an equally potent, yet expertly aged ( 7 years ) refined Kahlua, that turns white Russians into mothers milk… and anti gunners into thumb sucking mammas boys.

  19. I bake about a loaf per week, with home ground flours. Also brew batches of liquid goodness once in a while. As an out-of-work manufacturing engineer, I get jumpy if I’m not making something most of the time.

    • Organize the spouse and kids to wash dishes, do laundry, clean house, etc. in an assembly-line fashion.

      You, as ‘Management’, can supervise…

  20. I make the tooling to make guns (like jigs to bend and rivet AK receivers) then build the guns. Also make a variety of metalworking projects from kaleidoscopes to motorcycle parts. Also rustic garden art from cedar arbors to TIG-welded trellises. Bread, too – but I cheat and use a machine for that.

  21. I’m working on a loaf or two right now. Part whole wheat, part bread flour, water, olive oil, yeast, molasses and salt.

  22. Wash lead from hands before handling food and keep food from area to avoid cross contamination from work bench, ammo and reloading area.

  23. No bread for this guy. I prefer low carb eating habits and mostly only eat natural, whole carbs (whole corn, green beans, black beans, peas, etc.)

    But, blue berry muffins and brownies are the sh*t! And, I will tear into those bad boys, once in awhile.

  24. I own old cars so I do as much work as possible. I also mess with android products and build my own computers and tweak them. I’m messing with one of the previous products or guns each night after work. I like to tinker.

  25. Man, if only I were crafty enough to make things or talented enough to cook. As it stands, I can make a mean brigadeiro–I have my secret ingredient and everything–but that’s really it. My grandmother cooks up a storm, though, and she’s not doing so great, so maybe I’ll buckle down and learn her secrets before it’s too late.

  26. Sourdough is my favorite, although with the available online resources of recipes from so many other skilled bakers, it is hard to run out of choices. I make it in a counter-top bread machine, which has already baked over 100 kinds of bread so far in 5 years.

  27. Meatloaf from my Mom’s recipe, that has evolved over the last 3 decades or so.
    With brown gravy and some pepper sauce it is really quite a treat.

    Kinda shaped like a loaf of bread…

  28. Sourdough. I got a King Arthur starter and have been futzing with the recipe for about a year now. It turns out pretty good, but my goal is to reproduce the Schlotzsky bun, and it ain’t quite there yet.

    I’m a homebrewer too, specializing in American Pale Ale and American IPA. It’s interesting to see several other homebrewers on this thread because our incidence in the general population has got to be way below 1%.

  29. As a house remodeler I can do any work in building from framing to tiles, plumbing and electrical, drywall hanging painting and flooring. Even siding, roofing and aluminum capping if necessary although I don’t have tools for that.
    I cast my own bullets and reload bunch of handgun and rifle calibers.
    Working on my cars and motorcycles is a pleasure.
    I’ve put my computer together myself.
    But cooking or even baking is black magic for me and I would die of hunger if I didn’t marry my wife. Or so I have her believe…

  30. I have laying hens (and mix up their food myself), a big garden, a shelf full of canned tomatoes, pasta sauce and jams made from pick-your-own fruit.

    I butcher my own deer and make my own deer jerky. It’s way better than the stuff people give me that take their deer to the locker.

    My wife makes so many things from scratch, including bread from grain we grind at home, cream of mushroom soup, french fried onions for green bean casserole, pierogi, lots of other things. She’s an amazing cook and an amazing woman.

    For my Savage Axis II XP, whittled my own cheek-rest riser from some cedar boards I had leftover and topped it with a wrap-around cheek pad. It’s always a great feeling to have that sense of accomplishment and save money.

  31. I like making things sound wonderful. AF thru RF.

    Building ‘puters out of stuff others have tossed.

    Re-capping dead electronics.

    Making my geriatric cat happy.

    You’ll have to ask her how that’s working out.

  32. I make a rich woman beg, ill make a good woman steal. I make an old woman blush, I’ll make a young girl squeal.

  33. We like challah bread. We have it every friday night. The wife mixes up the variety by sometimes putting in raisins, cinnamon, honey (not much but just enough to get a little flavor).

    Good stuff

  34. I like making guns. Lots of guns. Out of damn near anything that’s laying around. Gun control will never impact me. The only think I haven’t perfect making for myself are primers… Lead Styphnate and even Styphnic Acid are already banned/regulated as high explosives, so I’m not even allowed to practice… Guess I better find something else.

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