Welcome to the forums! Fellow NCer out here near Asheville. I'm right there with you about wanting to make my own gear, but lacking the skills or equipment. Though, reading through the vast amount of information on this forum has made me courageous (or perhaps crazy) enough to give it a shot providing I can get my hands on a sewing machine... anyhow... nice to have ya!
"Its been towed outside the environment... there's nothing out there... 'cept sea and birds and fish... and 20,000 tons of crude oil... and a fire... and the part of the ship the front fell off"