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Primitive Technology: Make Functional Baskets and Stone Hatchet

Learn more primitive skills know-how from a man who has already created amazing things with absolutely zero modern tools.

We’ve seen this YouTuber finish some of the most elaborate and impressive survival and primitive living projects. From building a tile-roofed, walled dwelling to making stone hatchets and clay vessels, this man is on a mission to explore and reveal just how clever and ingenious were so-called “primitive” early humans.

Here he makes a few utilitarian objects necessary for daily life: reed and twig baskets and a stone celt axe.

Here is, in part, how he described this project:

“I made 2 types of basket and a celt hatchet for this video.

The first type of basket made was a coil basket. Bunches of palm leaves were wrapped in thin strips of lawyer cane to for a coil. This was then coiled into a spiral with each coil being tied to the last to keep it in place. This was done by sewing a new section of coil to the previous one. The basket was given a flat base so it could stand up but could be made any shape.

The second basket was made of lawyer cane. It started with thick strips of cane placed on the ground crossing in the centers to form an asterix shape. Importantly another half a lawyer strip was added so that the number of spokes the basket had was odd – even numbers don’t work with this type of basket. The canes were tied together in the center with a strip of bark and a piece of cane was woven in a spiral around the spokes like a spider web. When the base was wide enough the spokes were bent up to form the vertical sides of the basket. The weaving continued up the walls to the top and the ends of the spokes folded down back into the basket.

The coil method was very time consuming (about a week on and off) and made a heavy basket but used simple materials and had few gaps in it. Long grass could be used instead of palm leaves and any type of ties could be used to bind the coils. This type of basket can look very neat if done carefully (the one I made was rough).

The woven cane baskets were much faster to make (2 or 3 hours each including harvesting materials). They used fewer materials and were lighter too. I could have easily made them bigger but wanted them to fit through the narrow door of the tiled hut.

I also made a small celt hatchet for lighter work. The big celt I made is useful for chopping bigger trees but is overkill for saplings and smaller trees.”

We will be sure to share with you his successive project videos as he releases them. As a series, the videos from this accomplished primitive skills master are creating an impressive and unique documentary of how day-to-day life might have been lived before the discovery and mastery of metalworking.

NEXT: Primitive Tool Bushcraft: DIY Stone Axe

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Primitive Technology: Make Functional Baskets and Stone Hatchet