Primitive Technology: Grass thatch, Mud hut

  • Published: 23 March 2019
  • Primitive Technology: Grass thatch, Mud hut - Creating a grass thatch, mud hut from scratch.
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    With the wet season at it's peak, a shelter was needed to keep tools and materials dry as well as providing a dry work-space for future projects. So after some procrastination, I decided on a low roof design. A 2.5 m by 2.5 m hut with a ridge 2 m above the ground and side walls 75 cm high. Upright posts were put in at about 60 cm intervals along the 3 walls. The front was left open as this is more of an open workshop than a dwelling. Grass was collected from high up in the hill as it will not grow in the darker, lowland forest. Carrying the thatch to the hut was the most labor intensive part taking approximately 36 hours over the course of more than a week. The walls were then coated in soft, grey mud from a nearby clearing. The floor was coated in the same material. A large amount of rain fell due to a nearby tropical cyclone passing to the north. Despite this there were only a few leaks (mainly on the ridge line) that were subsequently patched with more grass. A fire was then lit with fire-sticks despite the damp conditions. This was done to help dry the mud walls and floor. The end of the video shows the yam mounds behind the hut doing well from of the torrential rain. The shelter will suffice for the remaining two months of rain that is expected to fall.

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    Primitive technology is a hobby where you build things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. These are the strict rules: If you want a fire, use a fire stick - 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 utilizing modern technology. I do not live in the wild, but enjoy building shelter, tools, and more, only utilizing natural materials. To find specific videos, visit my playlist tab for building videos focused on pyrotechnology, shelter, weapons, food & agriculture, tools & machines, and weaving & fiber.
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Comments • 7 226

  • jian wang
    jian wang  3 hours back


    • 対比地好丈郎
      対比地好丈郎  4 hours back


      • Don Cheeto
        Don Cheeto  2 days back

        What a cutie patootie that crab was ❣️

        • 陳猛男
          陳猛男  2 days back


          • Iam Kronix
            Iam Kronix  2 days back

            Turn on captions. It’s as close as he gets to talking besides the occasion grunt

            • Mistaken Face
              Mistaken Face  3 days back

              Minecraft is way more easy

              • Turk February
                Turk February  4 days back

                No talking, no stupid intro music, just relaxing and entertaining videos. Great job.

                • Maria Cárdenas
                  Maria Cárdenas  4 days back

                  You always cut trees but never make videos by planting them. Your channel does not show sustainability, but you contribute to the destruction of forests.
                  Think about it and do something to regenerate nature.

                  • Leonardo Nascimento Santos

                    @primitivetechnology, could you make a video of how to make a toothbrush?

                    • Weird Jellyfish
                      Weird Jellyfish  6 days back

                      How does he deal with the Mosquitos?

                      • Atom Xp
                        Atom Xp  6 days back


                        • asdf poo
                          asdf poo  1 weeks back

                          Casually says in subtitles: T H A T C H I N G T O O K 3 6 H O U R S

                          • maestro
                            maestro  1 weeks back

                            Почему ты не убираешь кору? С ней дерево гниет быстрее

                            • TheFamThr33
                              TheFamThr33  1 weeks back

                              Need someone to build your kids or grandkids a new play bourse or tree house call this guy, he’ll do it record it not say a word an before you know it, he’ll be done and gone and your grandchildren or children will be so happy, until they knock it down but no worries just watch this video and you’ll have it down in Just at few months.

                              • Liam Neidig
                                Liam Neidig  1 weeks back

                                Just a reminder to everyone that you should turn on captions!

                                • supadave32 ,
                                  supadave32 ,  1 weeks back

                                  Bro out here cutting grass with a rock, i dont even cut grass with a lawn mower...damn

                                  • We didn't listen
                                    We didn't listen  1 weeks back

                                    That's basically a wattle and daub medieval shed right there, just need some whitewashing. Make it a bit bigger and with tiles roof and you got a perfectly fine medieval house.

                                    • José Neira Rodas
                                      José Neira Rodas  1 weeks back

                                      It is just extraordinary!

                                      • Tyler Bronman
                                        Tyler Bronman  1 weeks back

                                        I just want to see him build a house inside a mountain, just a pickaxe and a house that will stay forever.

                                        • Charlie Steed
                                          Charlie Steed  1 weeks back

                                          I love how you now include previous inventions in your videos, I always thought they would reappear

                                          • TJ Marshall
                                            TJ Marshall  2 weeks back

                                            I work on tow boats on intercoastal waterways and have a 20 days on 10 day off schedule.

                                            On my time off, I have become infatuated with primitive survival.

                                            My mom has a 47 acre plot in deep east Texas, US; within that plot I have an acre of my own.

                                            We have a creek that runs completely through the property with a high embankment, surrounded by the pineywoods, almost just like this.

                                            The creek has great clay "tiles" for pottery in mass abundance.
                                            I have created a dam and several fish traps within the creek and have been highly successful.
                                            Crawfish, minnows, catfish, bluegill, sun perch, and the occasional bass.

                                            We do have an open grassy field that I use to collect my thatching, along with a Blackberry patch smack-dab in the middle. We have wild hogs, deer, and all of the other creatures that live in the woods.

                                            Flint is plentiful, I do make arrowheads by flint-knapping, along with arrow shafts and bows.

                                            I have learned how to do so much, just from watching your Channel. I have subscribed I would like to connect with you on a personal level just to answer some more questions that I have. This is pretty much how I have started to live whenever I have time off from work offshore. It saves me money, it keeps me healthy, it keeps me agile and aware.

                                            If anyone is really looking for a good Channel to subscribe to pertaining to primitive survival skills, this is the one.

                                            • FernandoMoreno90
                                              FernandoMoreno90  2 weeks back

                                              7:08 Where is Wilson?

                                              • sandy pangestu
                                                sandy pangestu  2 weeks back

                                                At 6:58, foot print of what? A wolf? Haha

                                                • Maradona Riquelme
                                                  Maradona Riquelme  2 weeks back

                                                  Se eu pudesse eu vivia igual índio!

                                                  • Joanne Clifford
                                                    Joanne Clifford  2 weeks back


                                                    • insanekillakane 421
                                                      insanekillakane 421  2 weeks back

                                                      Ok wheres he getting all this string from

                                                      • Esteban Huamani
                                                        Esteban Huamani  2 weeks back

                                                        Imagine coming to a fucking Yankee and burn because he think you are from the VC

                                                        • Дима Бычков
                                                          Дима Бычков  2 weeks back

                                                          Зато ипотеку не надо платить

                                                          • TS stingis
                                                            TS stingis  2 weeks back

                                                            This man has built more huts/houses than a single civilization

                                                            • Vishnu Prasad
                                                              Vishnu Prasad  2 weeks back

                                                              On closed captions. Trust me. It’s worth it

                                                              • Jay Tyler Stride
                                                                Jay Tyler Stride  2 weeks back

                                                                He should have his own city state in the next civ6 update

                                                                • sytestorm
                                                                  sytestorm  2 weeks back

                                                                  I thought he was making floor tiles at first on 6.53

                                                                  • KingHenry1015
                                                                    KingHenry1015  2 weeks back

                                                                    When the internet stops working

                                                                    • Fenti Kurniawati
                                                                      Fenti Kurniawati  2 weeks back

                                                                      Rumah gubuk

                                                                      • Thefunny Guy
                                                                        Thefunny Guy  2 weeks back

                                                                        Next thing you know he’s ganna make a city

                                                                        • Hobon 27
                                                                          Hobon 27  2 weeks back

                                                                          I see this video don't ever skip

                                                                          • 4NN13 H
                                                                            4NN13 H  2 weeks back

                                                                            How many of those sweet potato barrows would you actually need to have to feed a family year-round? Seems like you’d need hundreds, right?

                                                                            • Play_Will alves
                                                                              Play_Will alves  2 weeks back

                                                                              Cadê os BR ? kkk

                                                                              • Sadık Can Demirci
                                                                                Sadık Can Demirci  2 weeks back

                                                                                If you have been bald you was like a one punch man !

                                                                                • M_I_F_I_X games
                                                                                  M_I_F_I_X games  2 weeks back


                                                                                  • jdzencelowcz
                                                                                    jdzencelowcz  3 weeks back

                                                                                    This guy & Survival Lilly could win the Naked And Afraid challenge blindfolded. Also, I wonder if he's gonna build a 3rd Pig style brick house. Finally...

                                                                                    • pdanc
                                                                                      pdanc  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Does he live like this all the time? 🤔🤷‍♂️

                                                                                      • Dead Memes
                                                                                        Dead Memes  3 weeks back

                                                                                        And how the F*CK does he not get splinters?

                                                                                        • Dead Memes
                                                                                          Dead Memes  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I think he should make a video on how to make natural shorts

                                                                                          • Dead Memes
                                                                                            Dead Memes  3 weeks back

                                                                                            I believe this man lives outside and somehow found electricity

                                                                                            • MrGoatflakes
                                                                                              MrGoatflakes  3 weeks back

                                                                                              0:44 no adventure is complete without an encounter with a mud crab ^-^

                                                                                              • bhushan deshmukh
                                                                                                bhushan deshmukh  3 weeks back

                                                                                                Love the background sounds

                                                                                                • Nevorek Nevorek
                                                                                                  Nevorek Nevorek  3 weeks back

                                                                                                  Дождик! Класс!