Primitive Technology inches towards the metal age by making an alternative to bellows: a rotary fan driven by a bow. It allows his furnace to get hot enough to extract iron from iron ore, though he’ll need a bigger setup if he wants to get usable amounts of the metal.
Primitive Technology uses his stone tools to craft a 55″ bow and a set of 2′ arrows. He also made a quiver out of bark. He says the bow was durable, lasting for about 200 to 300 shots. The string lasted about 100 shots but was easily repaired. And don’t worry, the turkey’s okay.
Primitive Technology shows us how he created a complete, heated shelter using nothing more than rudimentary handmade tools, trees, strips of cane and mud. He even made his own roof tiles from clay, using a kiln he made with similar techniques. The total build took him 102 days.