The movie thumbnail and the title are a bit drab. I expected an artificial demonstration of building a hut with a voice over. But it’s nothing of the sort.
The guy (Primitive Technology) starts with nothing but his shorts and a rock, and proceeds to build a solid little shelter for himself. No gimmicks. By the third minute. I realized that there is no cameraman! The dude is actually all alone in the woods, working on a hut for days, or weeks, with his bare hands. I got completely immersed in the process, and was very satisfied with the result.
If civilization crumbles, you’ll want this guy around.
He films himself competently building a hut in the woods, using only a handheld rock for a cutting tool, his hands, and other natural materials found in his surroundings.
“I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools,” the mystery bush-man writes on his YouTube post.
The video is actually rather soothing and satisfying to watch. He starts with a small clearing in the forrest. Without an annoying DIY narration, he just quietly shows you what he does, step by step.
“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.”
He actually made the clay pots and fired them in a rudimentary kiln dug into the ground. That part impressed me the most. He used them to gather water for making the mud-clay daubing for the walls and for the fireplace he builds later.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I actually store this sort of information in my head just in case I ever need it. I sure hope I never do. The reality is, many of us first-worlders are probably pretty helpless in a long-term survival situation. I’d like to not be so helpless.
And that, I believe, is why this video has had close to 3 million plays on YouTube since it was uploaded in May. You watch it, wondering: “What if that was me? Could I do that?”
The girls (OK, and some guys) felt attracted to him, as it was pointed out, because of his manly capableness. Other guys admitted they now feel highly inadequate. The all-knowing Internet psychologist experts assured everyone in the comments that it is a natural mating instinct to find a man who is going to help them survive. Yes, there is that.
Although some viewers think he lives in it, I am pretty sure this is just a project to see if he could do it. This is less about sustainable living and off-the-grid living, and more about survival skills, and perhaps a fascination with moving back to a simpler life, sans modern technology.
Watch the 11-minute video to see how the hut looks in the end. He even builds a real fireplace using clay.