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Video: How to Build a Long-term Survival Shelter with No Tools

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How good are your shelter-making skills? While it takes little training to set up a tent or turn tarp into a temporary shelter, learning how to make stable, long-term housing is quite a bump up in difficulty. In the below video, a survival expert demonstrates how to build a wattle and daub hunt entirely from scratch— including chiseling your own tools out of stone.

By definition, a wattle and daub hut is not something that can be described as comfortable. The method for building these shelters goes back at least 6,000 years and often involves mud, clay, straw, or dung. Wooden strips or branches are arranged into a lattice and then reinforced with some kind of binding material, usually mud.

In the wilderness you take what you can get. A hut like the one in the video below is practically a palace compared to your standard lean-to, but it doesn’t exactly come easy.

Image is a screenshot of video by Primitive Technology on YouTube

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  • flyovercindy

    Cool! Very impressive, but with all of the man hours he spent, he better need that shelter for a long time – not just a temporary, short-term place to stay out of the rain.
    …and a good survivalist would only have to build a fire from scratch once…
    Good video!

  • michael

    Not bad on the basic construction but door to big and not offering protection from predators and weather as well as giant window opening offers little comfort in a real downpour. A good ole army poncho can save your rear in cold weather and still keep you dry.

  • Mike

    No tools? Bullcrap. What in the hell do you call the primitive ax that he made?
    Primitive as hell, but still considered a tool.
    Other than that, an excellent video. Just could use some adjustments.

  • GailF2010

    Very nice! But it does need a way to keep predators out. If he can’t devise a strong enough hinge, perhaps he can make a removable door braced against a door jamb, and barricaded from the inside with removable horizontal bars.
    A small window can be constructed out of woven sticks, with a slanting shutter above it to shed rain.

    I saw a survival video where a man broke dead, fallen limbs and branches by using two trees close together as a fulcrum; he positioned the limb where he wanted it to break between the trees and pushed hard on it until it broke.

  • Friar Stan

    As near to a perfect North Qld. bush shelter I’ve seen.
    Survivalist use of natural resources with obvious display of
    knowledge of structural design.
    I could see the survivor adding to both security and comfort
    as time , resources and calories allowed.
    The four corner stones of survival are illustrated: shelter. water, fire and even
    food in the form of palm fern fiddle heads, and the bamboo itself.
    Imagine the use of bamboo as being a subject unto itself.
    Without a single word, the video spoke volumes to me of ingenuity and
    practical simplicity through skill development.
    well done and thank you.

  • dijon

    Would be interesting if he also built a cistern out of bricks he poured and then diverged a small stream to collect water and then developed a heated water system to pasteurize it. I can imagine that would be the next step after building this shelter.