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…

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…

Tier 1 Selection @ The Human Path Survival School

Sam and Suchil Coffman of the Human Path (www.thehumanpath.com) are putting together one of the most badass teams I’ve ever heard of, and I want to be part of it. Basically you need to competent in primitive survival skills, self-defense, land navigation, radio procedures, first aid, primitive engineering, and several other tasks. Then you can…

Primitive Fire Making – Bow Drill Success

I’ve been experimenting with bow drill fires for quite some time now with no success. I was missing just a few key details, so I took the Basic Survival course with Tony from Trackers Earth in Portland. It was a great course that I would highly recommend. In a few hours we built a shelter, went…

Learning Primitive Skills

I want to be able to thrive regardless of the situation I am in or what gear I have with me. For that reason I have been learning primitive skills. My region of the U.S. is said to be due for a large scale earthquake similar to the recent quakes in Haiti and Japan. If it…