Naked But Not Afraid – Adventures in the Wild

I’ve been spending more and more time outdoors, as I find I like being around lots of people less and less. Breaking down to the basics and just focusing on surviving. No stressors, no drama. Just survival. The more I learn, the less equipment I feel the need to take with me. My army buddy…

Primitive Survival Traps

I’ve been wanting to practice primitive trapping techniques and finally got the chance. I was joined on this project by my Army buddy Mike. We started by rigging snares. The basic principle is that a slip knot noose is tied to a branch. The branch is then spring loaded by bending it downwards and kept…

No Power? No Problem – Survival Project for Kids

In recent months we have had severe wind storms in the Pacific Northwest that knocked out power in several homes in my area. Odds are if you are in your house and the power goes out, you already have some food, water, shelter, and security but one can always use more light. With one wheel…

Primitive Pottery

I’ve been wanting to make another container for boiling water besides a burn bowl. Making pottery seemed like a good method. I sourced some clay from the riverbank and mixed it with sand to act as a temper (Temper helps keep the pot from breaking during the firing process). I used one hand-sized ball of…

Veteran’s Day Shenanigans – Aluminum Foundry and Blacksmithing

I’ve wanted to do some metal work for a while now but have had issues getting the coals hot enough to heat the metal for blacksmithing or a foundry. My first attempt at a foundry failed miserably. The air flow was not properly directed at the coals, so the heat did not circulate effectively and…

Primitive Basketry

I’ve been working on my primitive skills and finally had a chance to make my own basket. Using only a knife, I harvested branches from a small red bush growing near the river, and wove it into this little gem. It came out pretty cool! Feeling a bit more confident in my skills I made…

Flint Knapping Arrowheads – 10,000 Views

In continuation of my primitive skills training, here are some arrowheads I’ve knapped out of glass bottle bottoms and obsidian I picked up from my mining adventure in California. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I also wanted to say thanks to all of my readers and subscribers. This month my blog hit 10,000 views! Thanks…