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Old 09-26-2012, 07:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life

Anybody seen this on the Destination America channel? I watched 2 episodes last night and I call bullshit. SilverZuk, weigh in if you've seen it. The episodes I saw involved cutting a tree down with a cross cut saw, gunpowder and bottle rockets to alert them of ginseng thieves, sawmill repair, chicken coop construction, gem mining in a stream and using a black powder log splitter.

the sad part is that this show is shot in my backyard...literally. You can see the foot of Cold Mtn. from my backyard. I guess what bothers me is that they act like what they do is how everyone around the area operates which is BS and they constantly either pronounce things wrong or go about things bass-ackwards. example - one episode they use tin snips to cut plastic. next episode they use shovels and a pick ax to cut tin wtf.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have seen 2 or 3 episodes so far... and I am enjoying it so far. Not sure where you get the idea they make it seem like everyone around there is like that - I don't get that impression at all.

The leaf spring crossbow was so over-the-top awesome it was SUPER-AWESOME!!!
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I missed that episode but I heard it was ridiculous

i guess i get that impression from the way eugene is always saying "this is what we do around here. we all help each other out". kind of like, "we're all doing this kind of mess so we pull together to get it done."

David Burnette lives down from my in-laws and that sawmill works perfectly fine. that repair was staged. if you want to see a real Haywood County backwoods guy David's your man. he still plows his fields with 2 huge ass draft horses belgians i believe. i had a picture of my wife with one but it was on my old cell phone. David just finished making molasses the other day. they have a big shinding at his place and the whole cove is invited. we cook and eat all day and night till the molasses boils down and we can put it in jars. they ought to record that instead of this made up nonsense.

edit: here's a picture of him and those horses

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am not sure we have that channel. Regardless, I haven't seen it.
I am surprised to see the guy using a pair of horses to pull that plow. Looks like on would do it just fine.

I don't know anyone that uses horses for work anymore. There are plenty of guys that grew up using horses to do everything, but those days are gone.

My friend's dad is 65. He worked horses all his life until the 80's. He is poor, living off the land as much as he can. Growing up all they had to do was work on the farm. A tractor might as well have costed a million dollars, because they couldn't afford one. They cut hay with scythes, "diddled" hay with pitch forks, hauled with horses to make hay stacks. They plowed, logged, and did all other work with horses until he got a tractor.
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The black powder stuff is a novelty. Black powder is about $20 per pound, so it is not cheap. It is for people that like smoke and things that go bang.

As far as local get togethers. That is what I truly enjoy.
This weekend we are going to Fip's house to make apple butter.
Friday we are going to peel, core, and cut about trash can full of apples.
Saturday morning, we are going to build the fire and start cooking. We'll take turns until it is done around midnight or after. Then we will ladle it into jars.

Last year the wind blew and it was cold. This year is looking about the same. I don't mind the cool temps, but the rain blowing in on that high ridge is a nuisance you just can't escape. The women really get put out by that and the mud.

I'll try to remember to take my camera. It is a big event for my friend's family and friends. I am fortunate to be a friend.

The local FFA/FHA made sorghum mollases last weekend. They will be making apple butter the first weekend of Oct. at the Liberty Lion's Club grounds. I'll probably go up to hang out, eat a couple hot dogs, and get a quart of sorghum mollasses.

On a side note, I grew sorghum this year to try it in a food plot. It did well, but apparently nothing eats it I left it standing for cover, mainly for rabbits. There aren't any game birds around.
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edit: here's a picture of him and those horses

Those would be Percherons
And they easily eat Twice as much as a light horse. He might be money ahead with a mule or 2 instead
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just to be clear David is the real deal and he's just someone I know that appeared on the show as a "neighbor". the two bafoons aka main characters on TV are full of it. they've already called moonshine "hooch" and mispronounced Appalachian
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they have a big shinding at his place and the whole cove is invited.
Haven't heard that term since I lived in one.
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Haven't heard that term since I lived in one.
he lives in Dutch Cove or as my FIL likes to say The Dutch Cove.
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