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Primitive

Building an Underground House

Building an Underground House

Watch YouTuber Mr. Heang as he uses hand tools and his hands to dig a giant hole in the ground, then proceeds to build out a hidden living space beneath the surface, complete with a small swimming pool and a hidden access door. Be sure to watch both part 1 and part 2 of the video.

Making Fired Clay Bricks

Making Fired Clay Bricks

Primitive Technology made durable, permanent and water-resistant clay bricks by firing them on a kiln. The hardened bricks can then be used to make a larger kiln, like a primitive self-replicating factory.

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Making a Grass and Mud Hut

Making a Grass and Mud Hut

It’s the rainy season in Primitive Technology’s area, which means it’s time to build shelter from the storm. He chose to build a low-roofed hut with a grass thatch and mud walls and floors. It took him about 36 hours over the course of a week just gathering the grass.

Making Stone Yam Planters

Making Stone Yam Planters

It’s the rainy season in Primitive Technology’s side of the world (and time), so he stopped messing with fire for a bit. He decided to build a better version of his yam garden, one that won’t rot while still protecting the tubers from turkeys and pigs.

Building a Primitive Pool

Building a Primitive Pool

Want a pool in your backyard? You could go with a cheap above-ground one, or a pricey cement pond, or you could do what the guys from Primitive Survival Tool did, and just construct one from scratch. And this one has a secret room in the middle that you can hide in.

Extracting Iron from Bacteria

Extracting Iron from Bacteria

In his latest attempt to advance to the Iron Age, Primitive Technology tried smelting iron-oxidizing bacteria to collect iron prills, or small spheres of the metal. He made a small furnace and filled it with charcoal and the ore. After 3 hours, he ended up with a handful of cast iron.

Primitive Technology: Wood Ash Cement

Primitive Technology: Wood Ash Cement

Primitive Technology could soon be living in a building. He discovered a way to make a cement-like material by burning bark and leaves at a high temperature until he got white ashes. He then turned the ash into paste and fired it into a kiln, then mixed it with clay.

Building a Primitive Hobbit Hut

Building a Primitive Hobbit Hut

At first glance, we thought we were watching another video by Primitive Technology, but this hobbit-style hut was constructed by competing YouTube channel Primitive Survival Tool, using found wood, straw, mud, and grass on its triple-arched roof. Bonus points for the ASMR.

Planting and Cooking Yams

Planting and Cooking Yams

Primitive Technology’s latest relaxing video took him six months to complete. He tried growing yams before, but wild pigs and turkeys would always come and eat them. So he built a large enclosure for the potatoes. After half a year… he had harvested enough for a meal.

Making a Blower and Charcoal

Making a Blower and Charcoal

New land, new house, same old needs. Primitive Technology made a new blower for his new playground. The blower is lighter than his previous one, and he needs it badly. His new area is damp and infested with mosquitoes, making it harder to gather wood.

Building a Round Hut

Building a Round Hut

Primitive Technology’s A-frame hut was ruined after a few months due to rain, insects and mold. So he decided to build a round hut to replace it. He dug a drainange moat around the hut and kept a fire burning inside to keep mosquitoes and moths at bay.

Primitive Technology: Making Lime

Primitive Technology: Making Lime

Primitive Technology tried to make a block of lime. His hardcore playground barely has any limestone, coral or sea shells, so he had to settle for a handful of empty snail shells. The lime can be used as a mortar for bricks and tiles.

Building an A-frame Hut

Building an A-frame Hut

Primitive Technology wanted to have a work space for large projects. So he built an A-frame hut – a roof built into the ground – complete with a tool shelf and a cot. But first he had to make the tools. And before that, gather materials. Laziness was fatal back in the day.

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Primitive Technology: Pottery and Stove

Primitive Technology: Pottery and Stove

Now in his second playthrough, our favorite YouTuber tested the clay in his new area by making several pieces of pottery. All that and, well, not much else in the latest episode of Clay, Coal and Cargo Shorts Primitive Technology.

Primitive Technology: Starting Over

Primitive Technology: Starting Over

Primitive Technology hit the proverbial reset button on his live-action Stone Age role-playing game. He’s starting on a new and different map – a tropical rainforest with a permanent creek. We like to think he bartered for it with cargo shorts and cameras.

Making a Natural Draft Furnace

Making a Natural Draft Furnace

Continuing his attempts to reach the Iron Age, Primitive Technology is experimenting with furnaces that can reach high temperatures without using bellows or charcoal. This tall furnace sucks cold air through the bottom and reached around 1200ºC.

Making Mud Bricks

Making Mud Bricks

Primitive Technology made bricks and roof tiles out of plain old mud. He made molds out of wood, then dried the bricks in the sun and in a kiln. He realized that he should filter the mud next time, because the sand and gravel resulted in brittle bricks and tiles.

Making a Simple Blower for a Furnace

Making a Simple Blower for a Furnace

Primitive Technology shows us how to make a very simple blower that can easily keep a small furnace going. The blower is made of a stick, a rectangular piece of bark that acts as a rotor, and a length of twine that can be pulled to spin its blade.

Making Cane Sandals

Making Cane Sandals

While we’re out here waiting for Flyknits and Primeknits, Primitive Technology took matters into his own hands and came up with the Protoweave. He made a pair of simple sandals out of loya cane so he can stunt in the jungle. And also protect his wrecked feet.

Making a Reusable Charcoal Mound

Making a Reusable Charcoal Mound

Primitive Technology made a reusable facility for producing charcoal. He builta conical wood frame, walled with mud, then burned the wood to harden the mud and make his first batch of charcoal. If only he had someone with whom to trade the charcoal. For like three sheep.

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Making a Water-powered Hammer

Making a Water-powered Hammer

Primitive Technology made a proto-robot arm. The monjolo is a hydraulically-powered hammer that’s often used to grind beans or grain. When water fills the trough, it lifts the hammer’s head. The empty trough then rises, and the head falls down.

Making Termite Clay Pottery

Making Termite Clay Pottery

Primitive Technology has almost exhausted his supply of clay from the nearby creek, so he tried using the clay from termite mounds to make pottery. He found out that the termite clay is too smooth and plastic, but is good enough for simple pottery.

Planting Cassava and Yams

Planting Cassava and Yams

Primitive Technology set up a new garden to plant sweet cassava and yams – two crops that are relatively easy to maintain and produce lots of food. He also shows us the old stone hut that he built 10 years ago, and his pet mammoth turkey.

Making a Bed Shed

Making a Bed Shed

Primitive Technology’s new year’s resolution – whatever year it is in his dimension – must have been to sleep better. He built a shed that has enough space for a cot. It took him two weeks to make the shed and the bed frame, but he says he spent most of that time gathering grass.

Making Lime Bast Rope

Making Lime Bast Rope

Silje Ensby documented how ropemakers in Norway traditionally make rope out of the inner bark of the lime or basswood tree. The tedious process results in an inherently waterproof rope that also resists rotting.

Making a Shrimp Trap

Making a Shrimp Trap

Primitive Technology goes easy on himself for once and makes a shrimp trap. It has a funnel that lets shrimp in but not out. It doesn’t need bait and you can make multiple traps to get you more food. Or something to barter. Man, a complete PT village would be awesome.

Making a Spear Thrower

Making a Spear Thrower

Primitive Technology spent about a day making a spear thrower. It’s made from a branch that had a smaller branch shooting out of it. The branch’s collar acts as a cup that cradles the spear. It let him throw a spear up to 49ft. away.

Making a Tiled Roof Shed

Making a Tiled Roof Shed

Primitive Technology built a roofed shed so he can store firewood and do other fire-related projects out of the rain. It took him a week to gather the timber and turn them into a frame, three days to make and dry a kiln, and almost a day to make the tiles.

Making a Forge Blower

Making a Forge Blower

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.

Making a Grass Hut

Making a Grass Hut

Primitive Technology makes building your own home look easy in his latest episode. In fact, it took him 7 days to put it together – five of which were spent gathering grass. Psh. One time we missed winning the lottery by just four numbers.

Making a Sweet Potato Patch

Making a Sweet Potato Patch

Primitive Technology made a yam and sweet potato garden. He said he got the sweet potatoes from “civilization”, but we’re okay with that. If you left us with nothing but sweet potatoes and cargo shorts we’d be dead by sunset.

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