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…

My Latest Adventure – Surveying Mining Claims in the Desert

For the past month I’ve been on the adventure of a lifetime. My job was to ride horseback through the California desert to visually verify the corner stakes for mining claims. You might be saying, “I didn’t know Craig rode horses,” and you’d be right. Up until last month I’d never ridden a horse in…

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…

My Favorite Way to Compost

After checking out all of the different composting ideas with the local Master Composter Program, this one was my favorite. I’ve made a compost rotator, a moveable bin, and a worm bin, but was looking for a better alternative that was affordable, and that my readers (you) could easily duplicate. Here is how it works:…