About Primitive Technology

Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.

Also It should be noted that I don’t live in the wild but just practice this as a hobby. I live in a modern house and eat modern food. I just like to see how people in ancient times built and made things. It is a good hobby that keeps you fit and doesn’t cost anything apart from time and effort.

IMPORTANT: This WordPress site, my Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2945881&u=2945881&ty=h) and my YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/c/PrimitiveTechnology) are my only online presence at this stage. I do not have a Facebook page and if you see any they are fake.

FAQ:

Q. Where is this?

A. Far North Queensland, Australia.

Q.What stops the rain from washing the mud off the hut walls?

A. The roof. You’ll notice the eves of the roof extend out from the walls- this keeps the walls dry.

Q. What dangerous animals are there?

A. Only venomous snakes and I need to watch where I step. Crocodiles don’t live where I build these huts and there are no large land predators in the bush here (that I’m aware of).

Q. How do I know what good clay is?

A. Look in creek banks and under top soil. Wet some and roll it into a coil as thick as a pencil then wrap it round a finger. If it doesn’t completely break apart then it’s suitable.

Q. How do you keep mosquitoes away?

A. Smokey fire tends to keep them away especially inside a dwelling.

807 thoughts on “About Primitive Technology

  1. Hey fella really intrigued by the videos. So much so I donated this morning because I really can’t wait to see what you do next. That said I’d like to help you out a bit more if you are in the market for graphic design for the youtube page, website or social media promotion. I’m sure the channel is doing quite well and perhaps you have your own ideas on it but if you ever need anything I’d be happy to help you get some solid work, on the house! Feel free to email me if you can. Im not sure if the message will generate you my personal email…if not message me on my design page at http://www.masterzmultimedia.com or add me on IG or TW – @mikelsaint . Talk soon champ!

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      • Hey primitive technology just wondering about that perferated clay floor for the kiln how long did you have to leave it to dry or did you dry it faster in anyway?? Thanks

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      • Thanks heaps for the quick reply so drying out a bit faster close to a fire shouldn’t crack the outside surfaces even with how thick it is? I just made one myself two days ago but it’s taking longer where I live and we had some rain, seemed dryer yesterday than today even with having it inside, thabks again for the help and hope to see many more videos

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  2. My question is why are you doing this? Why have you chosen this as your hobby? Do you want to live a primitive lifestyle one day? Or are you learning the skills just in case you *have* to live primitively?

    I want to blog about your work here on my website returntonow.net, but want to give you proper credit for it. Can I embed a couple of your videos in a blog post or two about you? Thanks so much!

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    • It’s a hobby I had since being a kid. For some reason I didn’t believe in using modern tools unless they were made from scratch and so it was a challenge I gave my self. Also I think people are just wired to do this sort of stuff. Feel free to embed videos (embedding is good as I get more views). Thanks Sara.

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  3. Hi! Thank you for such great videos and for the time and efforts you put in making them. They are truly educational and could be used as the excellent illustrations of the primitive technologies for the history and archeology classes or at the museums.
    Are you thinking of making any tools using bones of animals or fish? Would you be interested in trying to produce and use natural dyes, e.g., for decorating ceramics or hut’s walls? And the last question, what about primitive lamps, oil or fat based? Thanks!

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    • Hunting is mainly illegal here but I will if I can get a feral animal. I’ll work on some other basics before decorating things. We have a nut here called a candle nut. 50 % of it is fat. It’s high in energy and is edible after roasting. But you can skewer them on sticks and burn them like candles (hence the name: candlenut). I might include them in a video. Thanks.

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    • Thanks Marrtin. An alternative would be natural draft (this is how kilns draw in air- hot air rises leaving the furnace and cold air enters the furnace) and there have been natural draft bloomeries (iron smelting furnaces) that can reach 1600 c (only 1200 c is needed for iron). Thanks.

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  4. I have been curious to know where you learned how to do this? Did you research in advance or were you in the scouts or something? Is there a good resource to self teach these types of skills?

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  5. The videos are great. I raise fiber animals — started as a hobby — now more of a passion . Love to make something from nothing from breeding and raising to harvesting fiber to spinning and making finished products. Always wanted to build my own house from rocks. Now don’t have the strength. But would love to see your primitive creations elevated in style to rock house and a little more than the basics still using same ideas. but adding a bit of design “flare”. Think what you are doing is great like the tile roof , chimney floor and door — but where is the window? . We should not loose the basic skills.And thanks for sharing your passion. So good for you. Maybe get a couple of sheep and insulate with sheep wool. Though looks like you live in a warm climate where you don’t need to insulate. Dianne .

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  6. You said that hunting is illegal in the area where you set up camp. Do you have any friends or other fans out there who hunt who might donate an animal for your use? Leatherworking is an entire other branch of technology, and I have no idea if you have any skill in it or interest in learning it, but I’d be fascinated to see what you could do with access to hides, tendons, bones, and animal-based glues.

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      • Please don’t get yourself hurt… boar hunting is dangerous, even with modern weapons. I was just checking, and, yes, Australian wild pigs are just as dangerous as American ones. Indeed, people hunt boars BECAUSE they’re dangerous, destroy both crops and wilderness, and can attack, injure, and kill domestic animals and even people. I hope you’re talking about using a pig that was killed with modern methods, rather than attempting to kill one with muscle-powered weapons!

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    • Yes I set it up a few days ago. If you go to the description in all my videos it’s at the end of the description. It’s for the people who ask me to set one up and want to donate. Not exactly sure how it works yet like how patreon knows when I put out a new video up but I’ll figure it out. Thanks.

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      • Thanks. I would certainly donate if I had the money. When you get that new land, will you be bringing your tools with you? And do you think it would change the upload schedule?
        Also, have you ever thought of doing more frequent videos that take around a week to make, where you do small projects or repairing tools and the like. You would still have your regular monthly video, every week or so you upload a short video of something you might not include in a longer one.

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      • If I got new land I’d probably start from scratch and use the skills I learned to set up a new area. We’ll see about the more frequent videos. I tend to work at one project at a time till I get it right and don’t focus on other smaller projects. However, If I film some minor video I might put it out between major projects. Thanks.

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  7. I just stumbled onto your videos and find myself completely MESMERIZED. I showed my wife and daughter your tiled roof hut construction last night, and they– who can’t watch anything for more than five minutes without wandering off or starting a conversation about something else– were both speechless. My daughter asked, “Where did you FIND this?!”

    Anyway, I don’t think I can count on one hand things I’ve ever seen that were more impressive than your work. I can’t even imagine your kind of dedication. Absolutely fantastic. And, your silence in your demonstrations is BRILLIANCE; the way you shoot them is explanation enough, but I also LOVE how I can’t necessarily anticipate something you’re doing because you haven’t already told me what you’re about to do.

    I will now look forward to your videos like an addiction to a first-class TV series.

    Please never die. You’re my new hero.

    –Kellly

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  8. Me and my friend have watched all of your videos ravenously. We love the idea of going out and being able to live completely off the land and have kicked around the idea of spending a week in the wilderness with nothing more than some emergency rations and a knife. Do you have any advice or ideas?

    We live in a colder climate in the contenental US.

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  9. I can’t find an easier way of informing you about your videos being used without credit, so I’ll do it here. On facebook, a page called “The Riflebird” took the video, removed your stamp, and posted it without credit.

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  10. My husband and I just came across your video on the bow and arrow and we loved it so much that we’ve started watching all of your videos. We are both so blown away by your skill! I am just in awe of how EASY you make it all look! We’re wondering where you learned all your techniques? Our theories are that you’re either a missionary or an archeologist. Thanks, can’t wait to see what you post next!

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  11. Hey just wondering about the kiln floor again, if yours got some small cracks starting on the side would you still use it? Or fix it? And how dry was the one you used before you put it in the kiln

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  12. Hi. I’m very interested in technology, its history, and its role in society.
    I find the topic of primitive technology especially interesting and your videos have stricken a chord with me. I find the concept absolutely amazing and I hope you keep doing what you do.

    However, I have a question that I feel is important to understand your approach. You say this hobby of yours has only one rule which is “don’t use modern technological tools”.
    When you say that, do you mean in the practical application of the technology (like for example the actual physical building of an object), or also in its conception.
    Because even if we assume your way of designing hasn’t been influenced by the constant use of modern technology, there is a huge gap between what you conceive with very advanced tools like writing, basic geometry, measurements tools, and things you design without such tools.

    So my question basically is : do you use writing, geometry, and a piece of paper to design complex things like the house you built ?
    And what do you feel bout the “primitive” aspect of your design ? Do you think you have incorporated modern concepts in it, like knowledge of the laws of physics and things like that ?

    Thank you for answering🙂

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    • Actually, I do use pencil and paper to plan things and I also use a computer to research things as well. But I can’t bring those things into the forest, only keep them in memory. Also when in the field I measure things with my feet instead of a ruler. So I’m at an advantage to primitive people who didn’t have these planning tools and understanding of physics and chemistry I suppose. Thanks.

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  13. Hey, I wanted to let you know that users on facebook may be stealing your content. I’ve reported the one link, but there’s only so much I can do since its not my copyright being infringed upon. I’m also not sure what copyright laws are like since you’re Australian, but I imagine since the media is hosted on US servers, it is probably still enforceable. I’m also not sure if I can post links in the comments section so I’ll do my best to direct you where to find the video:
    www [dot] facebook [dot] com/179422972435444/videos/196836720694069/?fref=nf

    Keep up the amazing videos

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  14. Hey PT,

    Obviously all of the technologies that you are using and practising are primitive, but I was wondering if there was a specific era or geographical location that these technologies originated from. Thanks

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  15. Hey Primitive Technology,

    You’re obviously very fit. Is this how you get all of your exercise, or do you work out? I often think when I’m at the gym that I’m wasting energy that I could use to build something in my backyard. I’m just wondering if I would stay as fit doing that.

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    • I used to mow lawns for a living and got fairly good aerobic fitness and functional strength from doing that- plus I got paid to do it rather than paying a gym for the privilege of exercising. The best training for something is often the real world activity itself that you are training for. Good luck with your training.

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  16. Are there any projects you would like to do, but can’t because it requires multiple people? Also, do you have a stopping point in terms of how advanced you’ll get with technology?
    I read a comment where you said you might try to go for electricity. What would you use it for? And how would it be generated?
    Do you plan on making another structure any time soon? I know they take a while to make, but I find those to be the most impressive videos of yours.
    Finally, what’s your least favorite part of the hobby? For me, it’s gotta be cordage being just a few inches short of being able to complete a lashing. Do you know of a way to figure out the right length?

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  17. Hello PT. I’m sending you a video where I try to live like you. This hobby I was very interested and I had to try it. The only thing I do not do it primitive, that the fire distribute matchsticks. Do you have any advice on how I should continue in this project? I really appreciate what you’re doing. Thank you in advance for your reply and sorry for bad English

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  18. Hello,
    I have read all the descriptions of the videos that you make, and the fact that you write in the passive voice all the time, how you start your sentences with words from the endings of previous sentences, and how you do not vary names of objects or materials in any way leads me to believe that you do a lot of science writing. You also end the description with a time evaluation, indicative of scholarly writing. You are very clear in your writing, and you label your methods in chronological order in the middle of the description. That is something that people do in formal science papers. Are you a scientist? you write in the style of a scientist. If you are not a scientist, why do you write like a scientist?

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  19. Hey Primitive Technology, would it be okay to mention you in my blog?
    We are doing a lot of hiking and outdoors activities posts and I would love to talk about you and maybe try this out myself.

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  20. Hello my friend. i´m from brazil. sorry i dont speak english. i am your fan .
    I learned a lot with yours videos.
    .
    i want to report that are stealing your videos on facebook .

    Best regards

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  21. I have a question regarding ticks. What do you do with them if anything at all? And what are some ways of repelling ticks from an area and on your person.

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