Tasks Most Efficiently Done the Old Fashioned Way

No machinery, automation, assembly lines
  1. Cork
    I saw this on tv the other day and thought it was the coolest. Cork comes from cork trees (quercus suber), most of which are in Portugal. Once the trees are old enough, cork is stripped from the trunks using axe things. The tree doesn't need to be cut down and lives and grows after the harvest. It's apparently environmentally friendly. Cork harvesters are mostly family businesses, are very strong, and can climb trees well.
  2. I guess that's all I know of
  3. Should probably rename this list "a fact about cork"