Category Archives: primitive technology

Bamboo Arrow Instructable

I just posted a “how to” for bamboo arrows on Instructables.  It is impossible to teach a complete class in this way but I’ve done what I can. If you have an interest in arrowsmithing, have a look by clicking … Continue reading

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Disclaimer

Something to keep in mind when learning a new skill. A Primitive Technology Disclaimer. ​I firmly believe that in Preindustrial Societies, the onus of learning was on the pupil.  Anyone who wants to succeed will find a way to learn.   … Continue reading

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Ancient Dutch Ovens and the Ceramic Hibachi

“A good meal ought to begin with hunger.” French Proverb. All animals need to eat.  All the time.  As humans, we eat every day if we are lucky.  An average Westerner will have about 275,000 meals in a lifetime, not … Continue reading

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Making Tools

Back to the beginnings.  Larry Kinsella is a great flint knapper and an all-around talented guy who, amongst other things, recreates stone-age technologies from his home near Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (one of the great cities of the prehistoric … Continue reading

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Henry Miller, a fine young man

Definitely watch this if you believe in a real handcrafted lifestyle.  He has obviously been given the right encouragement and access to knowledge.  Many parents would scoff at these things or actively discourage some of these activities.  I’m glad to … Continue reading

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The Open Fire Yurt – update

From the Spiritsintent website…Open Fire Yurt Open Fire Yurt with smoke cowl This is our latest afghan yurt, or the open fire yurt as we call it, seen here with a smoke flap type wheel cover, to allow for the open fire whilst … Continue reading

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Handcrafts

Some craftsmanship seen at Winter Count 2014.  Moving a little closer to a hand-made life, one skill at a time. Hand made pottery made by artisans who collect the raw clays, slips, and paints make for greatly loved cookware and … Continue reading

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Ghillie Making at Winter Count 2014

One of the many things taught at Winter Count this year was shoe making in the form of carbatina or ghillies.  These are relatively simple shoes notable for their one piece construction and generally involve very little sewing.  I am … Continue reading

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Ultra Minimalists, Part 1

Learning a thing or two from the past…Part 1, 21st century americans are not the first to minimalize. This is a lengthy ramble.  So long in fact, that I have broken it into several posts to be trickled out over … Continue reading

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Bone Fish Hooks

 

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