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Primitive Technology, Traditional Skills and Hand-Made Tools

Primitive Technology, Traditional Skills and Hand-Made Tools

Waterproof Fire Starter I have seen many examples of fire starters, but I wanted to try and make one that was made out of only primitive materials. I wanted to make sure that it was small and waterproof. Also, it could be used with any primitive coal producing method of fire making, like the hand drill or bow drill, as well as more modern methods, like steel and flint, Ferrocerium Rods, matches and lighters. Here is what I did . . . . Supplies: 1. Begin by placing the char cloth into the center of the jute tinder nest. Next begin wrapping the tinder with thin strips of birch bark. Carefully dip half of the wrapped bundle into the wax to seal the bark in place. When you are ready to use your fire starter (this was done on a rainy day, on cold wet pavement, in late October, in Northeast Wisconsin), simply cut it in half, pull out the tinder nest from the inside, expose the char cloth and you are ready to go. E-mail your comments to "Joshua Stuck " at PrimitiveWays Home Page

Knife Sharpening Tricks There are many ways to sharpen a knife. This method produces a good general purpose edge. Safety note: As my Granddad used to say: "Don't cut toward yourself, and you'll never get cut." Excellent photos by Christy Canida the whale butcher. See what she does with these knives at Skinning and Filleting Catfish People have always cared about sharp tools. This first video shows how to make your own Bog Man stone from a regular sharpening stone, or any soft abrasive stone you happen to find. First we will make a drill bit from a nail, drill a hole in the stone, saw the stone in half, and flatten it. This second video shows how to sharpen a knife for butchering and how to sharpen it for carving wood. Links to the ipod formated videos are at the bottom of this page.

Prepper Broadcasting Rise Of The Preppers: 50 Of The Best Prepper Websites And Blogs On The Internet Are you preparing for the collapse of society? If so, the truth is that you are definitely not alone. The number of preppers in the U.S. has absolutely exploded in recent years. So what are all of these people prepping for? Well, the truth is that no two preppers have the exact same motivation. Whatever the motivation, it is undeniable that the prepper movement has gotten very large and that it continues to grow. In fact, there was a recent article in the New York Times about preppers that was actually written by a prepper entitled “The Preppers Next Door“… To the unprepared, the very word “prepper” is likely to summon images of armed zealots hunkered down in bunkers awaiting the End of Days, but the reality, at least here in New York, is less dramatic. PREPPING IS THE BIG SHORT: a bet not just against a city, or a country or a government, but against the whole idea of sustainable civilization. And that is exactly right. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

Knife Making Without Tools Here's how to make a hunting knife from a butter knife by rubbing it on wet pavement and wrapping the handle with cord. It looks and feels good in the hand. This project was inspired by a family I stayed with in Kenya. The only utensil they had was a sharpened butterknife shared by about twenty people. Select your "blank": Test your butterknives by bending the blade with your fingers. WARNING: I will be showing a bunch of OPTIONAL steps using tools.

Practical Survivor Official BioLite Site | Home of the CampStove - BioLite Stove Wilderness Survival Skills The fear of the unknown can be a very scary experience. It can make a strong man panic, a brave woman act irresponsibly without thinking and a mature teenager cry. But to feel fear is normal and necessary. The wilderness can be frightening if we got lost, our supplies run low or our gear disappears. Knowledge and experience are the first step to overcoming fear. Twenty five years ago, I proposed to a group of friends a backpacking opportunity to hike into the wilderness with minimal backpacking gear. The final group for the wilderness adventure consisted of 4 men, including myself, and 1 woman. I wanted a location that was not familiar to everyone and the area had to have a source of water. The area selected was a wooded canyon with a stream flowing through it. WATER Your body is 75% water by weight. Thirst is no indication of how much water you need. If water rations are insufficient, then movement should be reduced to the cool times of the day or night. 2. 3. Continued