Building a primitive wattle and daub hut from scratch

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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. The whole hut took 9 months from start to finish. But it only took 30 days of actual work

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  1. Holywalker

    I love this guy’s videos. The ultimate in “bare-bones” survival. The fact that he doesn’t stand around talking makes the information more accessible to people of any language. I think this is where every survival course should start. If you know how to procure shelter, water, fire, food, and tools starting with nothing but what you can find… you will always be prepared. Maybe Kaz could do a remake of this in a less “tropical” environment?

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