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Old 09-15-2012, 05:22 PM
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Starting to make my bow. This is taking a while...

made from red oak.
I'm really interested in the bow project as I plan to make one myself.

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I'm really interested in the bow project as I plan to make one myself.

Cool. I will keep you posted in this thread. It's almost dry now!
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You have a really, really nice beard sir.
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Here are some traps that I would potentially use in the bush while living as a primitive.

The is an Arapuca bird trap. It is commonly used in S. America and is used to live trap small mammals. Part of the purpose of live trapping is that living organisms don't need refrigeration. This would solve some common problems living in S. America. It works on a swivel that is set at a very steep angle to prevent the trigger stick from blocking the cage. I like it.



One of my favorite traps is the Paiute Deadfall

The Paiute is a much faster acting trap than the typical figure four. The cordage could be made simply with a reverse wrap natural material but the white inner strands of p-cord shows up better on camera.

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My straw bedroll that will help insulate me from the ground and help keep me warm while I'm walking around the bush.



rolling up my sleeping "pad"
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quick cordage made from roots. Usually use this for quick cord to tie up shelters or to sew my baskets. It usually gets stiff after a while.

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some primitive fishhooks



Oak Gall used as a float/bobber

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For a more permanent camp, I built an mud-stone oven called an Horno.





drying and heating up my oven to cook

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Is that a primitive caveman Mora? :P

Just pulling your leg, i think your doing a good job, I too am interested to see how the bow turns out.
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Is that a primitive caveman Mora? :P

Just pulling your leg, i think your doing a good job, I too am interested to see how the bow turns out.
Hehe. Yep.

It's actually the Helle Viking, though!


We have to keep in mind primitive peoples are born into a material society. So to catch up, I am using my modern tools until I make my new primitive tools and am able to phase out all the modern stuff.

My steel knife is the only modern gear I have been using in all of this and am looking to phase it out soon. Need to go knap some knives!
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T-Dubya,
I might not be posting,
but I'm diggin' this thread and the pics!
Keep 'em comin' man!

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Looking forward to this thread, TW...already gave it a 5 star vote.

I'd like to know what you do for any kind of orienteering. Obviously primitive people didn't have tyvek maps with modern orienteering compasses...so do you have any plans to post about primitive long distance travel, route-finding in unknown territories, etc?
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Looking forward to this thread, TW...already gave it a 5 star vote.

I'd like to know what you do for any kind of orienteering. Obviously primitive people didn't have tyvek maps with modern orienteering compasses...so do you have any plans to post about primitive long distance travel, route-finding in unknown territories, etc?
Sure. I can discuss some primitive navigation techniques and do some videos, draw some diagrams and such. I'll go into more detail a little later when I have some time.

A lot of it depended upon where in the world you were/which cultures you belonged to. In the middle east they had been navigating by stars for centuries and developed very accurate tools from string and angular compass, much like a sexton but a bit different. In N. America you have a lot of oral tradition talking of routes and how to move along and where to go.

There are some primitive ways like the shadow stick to tell east to west movement of the sun and give you general directions. The sun, in the northern hemisphere is in the south and reversed for the southern hemisphere. Knowing this can help you as you can look at the direction that plants grow to help gauge where south or north is as phototropism will have trees growing towards the sun and even bending.

A lot of navigation other than with the use of tools like the sexton, compass, is based on hitting targets that will lead you into your next area. Say you get a vantage point on top of a mountain and you can see your camp which is by a river. You don't shoot for your camp because you'll miss it so you shoot far left of it (or right) and hit the river then follow the river up (or down) stream to your camp.

Something that you could make out in the bush real easy that takes a little mathematics but will aid in navigation would be the Kamal, another Mid Eastern device which uses triangulation. You know the the fixed distance of the string on your Kamal, being the base, and you know the fixed height being the Kamal itself, and then you will have a fixed angle to the horizon. You can now triangulate by using the North Star, which will be the same angle above your horizon as your latitude. More on this later.

There are some great and rather simple methods of at least getting general ideas of direction and many of them depended upon cultural developments.
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Fantastic! Great job! I'm going to have to get back in to some DIY stuff. I just get to many projects going on at once Keep it up and keep posting pics. Thanks for the info on the cup and it's shape. I grew up in the Native American culture with my grandparents, I never knew that!
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It is the beginning of the end of my dependency upon metal tools. After I make a few good bi-faces, fleshers, uni faces, and a hand axe, I hope my work from here on out will be made using stone tools and entirely stone age technologies.



More stone tools to come!

One of my sandstone abraiders



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Outstanding sir. I salute you!

I remember reading about the frozen caveman they found in Europe with all his gear. He had a cloak made of straw/grass that you could maybe make if you can't source a Buffalo cloak.

Here it is...

http://mr_sedivy.tripod.com/iceman4.html

Anyway you do it i'll be cheering you on. Good work!
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Outstanding sir. I salute you!

I remember reading about the frozen caveman they found in Europe with all his gear. He had a cloak made of straw/grass that you could maybe make if you can't source a Buffalo cloak.

Here it is...

http://mr_sedivy.tripod.com/iceman4.html

Anyway you do it i'll be cheering you on. Good work!
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My straw bedroll that will help insulate me from the ground and help keep me warm while I'm walking around the bush.



rolling up my sleeping "pad"

If you look early on i n the thread, I have a straw mat/bedroll/cloak. It is pretty much the same as Otzi's!
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Otzi is Wolf's long lost relative. Was proven a few years back.
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Keep up the good work there TW! I'm really loving your homemade equipment!
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