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Building A Primitive Wattle And Daub Hut From Scratch

From the flint knapped axe to the shingled-roof, this work from Primitive Technology is impressive. The finished product looks inviting and comfortable. Don’t miss the fire-by-friction hand drill fire that is used to finish off the earthen pots. There are countless skills on display in this clip.

Here is what this talented practitioner says about the project:

“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 a roof angle of 45 degrees. A bed was built inside and it takes up a little less than half the hut. 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. The materials used in the hut were wood for the frame, vine and lawyer cane for lashings and mud for daubing. Broad leaves were initially used as thatch which worked well for about four months before starting to rot. The roof was then covered with sheets of paper bark which proved to be a better roofing material. An external fireplace and chimney were also built to reduce smoke inside. The hut is a small yet comfortable shelter and provides room to store tools and materials out of the weather.”

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