The YouTube channel "Primitive Technology" has almost 50 million views and features a guy who challenges himself to makes things without using any modern help if possible. His biggest hit so far is building a tiled roof hut from scratch.
Click below for the sped-up 4-minute version of his original 14-minute video that covered the 102-day build process. He notes in the description that it would've only taken "66 days were it not for unseasonal rain" ...
With 15 videos so far that include silent tutorials on making charcoal, a bow and arrow, and a stone axe, the mysterious man, who has yet to reveal his name, never utters a word but lets the work do the speaking for him.
"When I watch how to videos I fast forward past the talking part to see the action part. So I leave it out of my videos in favor of pure demonstration," he explains in the YouTube description.
On his website he says that he's in "Far North Queensland, Australia" and explains that,
"Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.
"Also It should be noted that I don’t live in the wild but just practice this as a hobby. I live in a modern house and eat modern food. I just like to see how people in ancient times built and made things. It is a good hobby that keeps you fit and doesn’t cost anything apart from time and effort."
Click below for the normal speed hi-def version that has already exceeded 7 million views so far...
In the description he points out that he built this tiled roof hut in the bush using only primitive tools and materials. "The tools I used have been made in my previous videos."
- "To cut and carve wood I used the celt stone axe and stone chisel made in this video"
- "To carry water and make fire I used pots and fire sticks made in this video"
- "Finally, to store fire wood and dry, unfired tiles, I used the wood shed built in this video"
He goes on to say that the tiles he made for the roof were fired 20 at a time. "450 flat tiles and 15 curved ridge tiles were made with only a few breakages. 26 firings were done in all and the average firing took about 4 hours."
And with over 1.2 million subscribers, his days of gathering mud to silently make stuff in the woods are still ahead of him.
Exit thought from your inner voice after watching this guy work his tail off...