Category Archives: primitive technology

Ghillies (simple shoes) again

Here’s a simple shoe design that was made by our ancestors before there were shoe shops or Zappos.  Much of the Europe population, both male and female wore a variation of this for many millenia, right up into the early … Continue reading

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Making Modern Spearthrower Darts (Atlatl)

Power Tools and Preindustrial Technology Recently, I realized I needed to make a new batch of darts (spears) for an annual atlatl event at Blackwater Draw.  This is a recurring problem when teaching large groups, so several years ago I … Continue reading

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Making a bow

Here is a post from several years ago tracking the process of making a bow.  In this case, from Osage orange. Splitting the seasoned Osage orange (Bois d’Arc) stave. This is a tough process. As can be seen in the … Continue reading

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How to Build an Earthen Oven — Savoring the Past

The existence of ovens like this is easily documented for the 18th century. In fact, just about every ancient culture had a very similar oven. There’s one particular wood cut illustration from medieval times depicting an earthen oven built on … Continue reading

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Traditional Pottery Maker

I only know Kelly vaguely but I know she is an extremely talented artisan.  I am continually impressed by her skill level and ability to make it all seem so effortless.  I believe that is an indication of true mastery.  … Continue reading

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