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‘Primitive Technology,’ Surprisingly Popular Video of Archaic Modern Man

The movie thumbnail and the title are a bit drab. I expected an artificial demonstration of building a hut with a voice over. But it’s nothing of the sort.

The guy (Primitive Technology) starts with nothing but his shorts and a rock, and proceeds to build a solid little shelter for himself. No gimmicks. By the third minute. I realized that there is no cameraman! The dude is actually all alone in the woods, working on a hut for days, or weeks, with his bare hands. I got completely immersed in the process, and was very satisfied with the result.

If civilization crumbles, you’ll want this guy around.

He films himself competently building a hut in the woods, using only a handheld rock for a cutting tool, his hands, and other natural materials found in his surroundings.

Here he is at the beginning, showing us his stone tools. They get used for all the tree and vine cutting.(Screenshot/YouTube)
Here he is at the beginning, showing us his stone tools. They get used for all the tree and vine cutting. (Screenshot/YouTube)

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After sharpening the stone, he cuts down a bunch of trees and cuts them to size. He also uses it for cutting the vines he used as rope. (Screenshot/YouTube)

“I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools,” the mystery bush-man writes on his YouTube post.

The video is actually rather soothing and satisfying to watch. He starts with a small clearing in the forrest. Without an annoying DIY narration, he just quietly shows you what he does, step by step.

The frame goes up, lashed together with vines. Two meters long, and two meters high at the center. (Screenshot/YouTube)
The frame goes up, lashed together with vines. Two meters long, and two meters high at the center. (Screenshot/YouTube)

The tools used were a stone hand axe to chop wood, fire sticks to make fire, a digging stick for digging, and clay pots to carry water.”

He actually made the clay pots and fired them in a rudimentary kiln dug into the ground. That part impressed me the most. He used them to gather water for making the mud-clay daubing for the walls and for the fireplace he builds later.

Making his clay pots before firing them in a earth kiln. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Making his clay pots before firing them in a earth kiln. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Starting a fire with a fire stick. Here's the technique, watch and learn, you know, incase you even get stuck without matches...and civilization. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Starting a fire with a fire stick. Here’s the technique, watch and learn, you know, in case you even get stuck without matches… and civilization. (Screenshot/YouTube)

I don’t know about anyone else, but I actually store this sort of information in my head just in case I ever need it. I sure hope I never do. The reality is, many of us first-worlders are probably pretty helpless in a long-term survival situation. I’d like to not be so helpless.

And that, I believe, is why this video has had close to 3 million plays on YouTube since it was uploaded in May. You watch it, wondering: “What if that was me? Could I do that?”

The girls (OK, and some guys) felt attracted to him, as it was pointed out, because of his manly capableness. Other guys admitted they now feel highly inadequate. The all-knowing Internet psychologist experts assured everyone in the comments that it is a natural mating instinct to find a man who is going to help them survive. Yes, there is that.

Although some viewers think he lives in it, I am pretty sure this is just a project to see if he could do it. This is less about sustainable living and off-the-grid living, and more about survival skills, and perhaps a fascination with moving back to a simpler life, sans modern technology.

Watch the 11-minute video to see how the hut looks in the end. He even builds a real fireplace using clay.

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