Most modern homes are built by an entire crew, using tens of thousands of dollars in hardware and building supplies. But this resourceful young woman shows how with enough strength, energy, and vision, you can build a home using only the things that nature gave us. Her arms must be made out of pure muscle after all of that digging.
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You can grab a pack of instant ramen and nuke it in about 3 minutes. But Andy from How to Make Everything wanted to see if he could make his own instant noodles and seasoning packet from scratch, using only primitive techniques that would have been available when noodles first came on the scene back in the Bronze Age.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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