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  • Primitive Technology: Tiled Roof Hut

    55,365,255 views 3 years ago
    I built this tiled roof hut in the bush using only primitive tools and materials. The tools I used have been made in my previous videos. It should be pointed out that I do not live in the wild and that this is just a hobby. It should be obvious to most that this is not a survival shelter but an experiment in primitive building technology.
    To cut and carve wood I used the celt stone axe and stone chisel made in this video. To carry water and make fire I used pots and fire sticks made in this video. Finally, to store fire wood and dry, unfired tiles, I used the wood shed built in this video.
    The wooden frame was built with a 2X2m floor plan and a 2m tall ridge line with 1m tall side walls. 6 posts were put into the ground 0.25 m deep. The 3 horizontal roof beams were attached to these using mortise and tenon joints carved with a stone chisel. The rest of the frame was lashed together with lawyer cane strips. The frame swayed a little when pushed so later triangular bracing was added to stop this. Also when the mud wall was built, it enveloped the posts and stopped them moving altogether.
    A small kiln was built of mud from the ground and a perforated floor of clay from the creek bank. It was only 25 cm internal diameter and 50 cm tall. Clay was dug, broken tiles (from previous batches) were crushed and added to it as grog and it was mixed thoroughly.This clay was pressed into rectangular moulds made from strips of lawyer cane to form tiles. Wood ash prevented the clay sticking to the stone. 20 tiles were fired at a time. 450 flat tiles and 15 curved ridge tiles were made with only a few breakages. 26 firings were done in all and the average firing took about 4 hours. The fired tiles were then hooked over the horizontal roof battens.
    An underfloor heating system was built into one side of the hut to act as a sitting/sleeping platform in cold weather. This was inspired by the Korean Ondol or “hot stone”. A trench was dug and covered with flat stones with a firebox at one end and a chimney at the other for draft. The flames travelled beneath the floor heating it. After firing it for a while the stones stay warm all night with heat conducted directly to the sleeping occupant and radiating into the room.
    The wall was made of clayey mud and stone. A stone footing was laid down and over this a wall of mud was built. To save on mud, stones were included into later wall courses. The mud was dug from a pit in front of the hut and left a large hole with a volume of about 2.5 cubic metres.
    The finished hut has a swinging door made of sticks. The inside is dark so I made a torch from tree resin. A broken tile with resin on it acts as a small lamp producing a lot of light and little smoke. The end product was a solid little hut, that should be fire and rot resistant. The whole project took 102 days but would have taken 66 days were it not for unseasonal rain. For a more in depth description see my blog (https://primitivetechnology......).

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    Collection of all Primitive Technology videos, ordered by most recent, including building a natural Tiled Roof Hut, building a natural Bow and Arrow, building a natural Forge Blower, and more.
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    Collection of all Primitive Technology videos focused on utilizing natural pyrotechnology in the wild, including using pyrotechnology to build a natural Tiled Rooft Hut, a natural Forge Blower, a natural Cord Drill and Pump Drill, and more.
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    Collection of all Primitive Technology videos, ordered by most popular, including building a natural Tiled Roof Hut, building a natural Bow and Arrow, building a natural Forge Blower, and more.
    • Primitive Technology: Tiled Roof Hut - Duration: 14 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 55,365,255 views
      I built this tiled roof hut in the bush using only primitive tools and materials. The tools I used have been made in my previous videos. It should be pointed out that I do not live in the wild and ...
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    • Primitive Technology: Bow and Arrow - Duration: 5 minutes, 54 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 41,028,902 views
      I made this bow and arrow using only primitive tools and materials.The bow is 1.25 m (55 inches) long and shoots 60 cm (2 feet) long arrows. I don't know the draw weight - safe to say greater than ...
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    • Primitive Technology: Forge Blower - Duration: 4 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 36,637,605 views
      I invented the Bow Blower, a combination of the bow drill and forge blower to make a device that can force air into a fire while being easy to construct from commonly occurring natural materials us...
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    • Primitive Technology: Cord drill and Pump drill - Duration: 8 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 36,643,913 views
      I made a cord drill and then upgraded it to a pump drill. A cord drill is basically a spindle with a fly wheel attached so it looks like a spinning top. the middle of a piece of cord is then put in...
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    • Primitive Technology: Wattle and Daub Hut - Duration: 11 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 28,249,823 views
      I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools. The hut is 2m wide and 2m long, the side walls are 1m high and the ridge line (highest point) is 2m high giving...
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    • Primitive Technology: Mud Bricks - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 25,894,940 views
      (Turn on captions [CC] in the lower right corner for more information while viewing.)
      I made a brick mold that makes bricks 25 x 12.5 x 7.5 cm from wood. A log was split and mortise and tenon joint...
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    • Primitive Technology: Chimney and pots - Duration: 6 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 23,677,059 views
      I installed a fireplace and chimney in the tiled roof hut. This is for for lighting and cooking. Heating is already taken care of by the underfloor heating system. I knocked a hole in the back wall...
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    • Primitive Technology: Water powered hammer (Monjolo) - Duration: 8 minutes, 51 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 22,519,995 views
      I built a water powered hammer called a “Monjolo” (see also karausu (からうす) on google images). I started by making a water spout from half a hollow log to direct water from the creek. This was set u...
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    • Primitive Technology: Stone Axe (celt) - Duration: 4 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 21,077,449 views
      The manufacture of a stone ax including the handle from using only primitive tools and materials. It is a celt (pronounced "selt") a type of ax with a polished stone head wedged into a hole or mor...
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    • Primitive Technology: Woven bark fiber - Duration: 4 minutes, 48 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 19,922,189 views
      Woven Bark Fibre
      I made a rough type of textile from bark fibre. This is the same tree I use for making cordage though I don’t know its name. It has been raining a lot here lately (the video also s...
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    • Primitive Technology: Charcoal - Duration: 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 17,371,379 views
      I made a batch of charcoal using the mound method then stored it in baskets for later use. Charcoal is a fuel that burns hotter than the wood it's made from. This is because the initial energy cons...
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    • Primitive Technology: Freshwater Prawn Trap - Duration: 7 minutes, 16 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 17,328,301 views
      I built a prawn trap from lawyer cane, sticks and vine. Then I caught some prawns and ate them.
      Prawn (and fish) traps are simple traps designed to catch aquatic life due to their shape. It consist...
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    Collection of all Primitive Technology videos focused on building natural shelters in the wild, including building a natural Tiled Rooft Hut, building a natural Wattle and Daub Hut, building a natural Chimney and Pots, and more.
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    Collection of all Primitive Technology videos focused on building natural weapons in the wild, including building a natural Bow and Arrow, building a natural Sling, building a natural Spear Thrower, and more.
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    Collection of all Primitive Technology videos focused on building and utilizing natural food and agriculture resources in the wild, including building a natural Freshwater Prawn Trap, building a natural Sweet Potato Patch, building a natural Wood Shed for Bee Honey, and more.
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    Collection of all Primitive Technology videos focused on building natural tools and machines in the wild, including building a natural Forge Blower, building a natural Cord Drill and Pump Drill, building a natural Water Powered Hammer (Monjolo), and more.
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    Collection of all Primitive Technology videos focused on building natural items in the wild utilizing weaving and fiber resources, including utilizing natural Woven Bark Fiber, building natural Sandals, building natural Baskets and Stone Hatchet, and more.
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