Primitive Shelter Thread

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  1. joshkelekovich

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    Well, the title says it all. Lets se your primitive shelters! wigwams, wikiups, spider shelters, other debris shelters, anything that is 100% natural!
     
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    I very much look forward to watching this thread progress. Making a primitive shelter is one thing I have yet to do but have been wanting to do for a long time.
     
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    I made this real quick when I decided to go out for a few days in winter without a shelter (stupid, I know) and it started raining on the last night. This pic was taken in the morning. Just a rushed and sloppy shelter.
    All of these branches were taken off a redwood tree that had fallen over in a storm.
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    No tools used in the making of this shelter. just my hands.
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    Here is the frame of a wigwam i made a few years ago. due to its size I chose not to use natural material to close it in but instead used sections of old Military Modular tents. also, built a brick fire box in side but again, not "all natural" and this is a "%100 natural" thread. just wanted to post thesse pics anyway just in case it gives someone some ideas...
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    made this lean to with/for my kids, they really helped out! I am going to do a post on this one soon as since the pics was taken I have fully enclosed it on all four sides, two leanto's, a spider shelter and a big stone fire pit.. thread coming soon...
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    Nice job guys,

    Inspiring,
     
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    here is one of my debris shelters
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    Cool shelters everyone, keep em coming. You got me itching to be outdoors.
     
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    Here is a little debris hut with the entry way door plug in place

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    this is awesome guys! Keep 'em coming!
     
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    That wigwam frame looks great - I might try that in the spring - i'll probably 'cheat' and bring cordage from the house though;P
     
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    Very impressive
     
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    Surprisingly you really don't need that much cordage! Twist the ends of the saplings to make them pliable and then you weave the saplings together and use the tips of the saplings to tie off with a quick half hitch. the spots I needed cordage were on the horizontal loops (only on the ends) and I used split spruce and pine roots. for the horizontal loops match the saplings opposing ends together. Here are the threads i did on wigwam build...
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    I don't know how well this is going to show up but here's a photo of a grass lodge in the Kansas Museum of History that I helped build about thirty years ago.
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    The frame, interior and exterior is Elm saplings. The covering is cord grass.
     
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    A buffalo hide Tipi I helped set up and smoke at the Kansas Museum of History about thirty years ago.
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    Well done Winterhorse! Wish I had of visited that museum when I was in Kansas.
     
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    I'd love to see more pictures on the finished / complete shelter
     
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    Thanks, working there was a great experience. I got to actually touch and work with all of the artifacts which the public can only see from a distance. If you or anyone else is ever in Topeka I highly encourage you to take a walk through. I think they are still showing a video of a guy we hired to do some work on a log home in the museum doing hewing and joining. I learned a whole bunch from him and the state anthropologists and archeologists.
     
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    Here are some shots the one I slept in earlier this fall. It needed some more debris on top and the opening closed in more to be truly insulating, but it worked.
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    A lean to with debris bed my wife and I built. No cordage was used. It worked very well. She didn't want to be exposed to the elements, so she chose to sleep in a hammock. That was until she got cold, then she came into the debris bed with me and stayed warm all night.
     

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    im still working on mine, but once it's done ill post some pics.
     
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    This is my semi permanent shelter, I made the raised bed today.

    It's not finished yet, have to close the 2 sides, put some more leaves on the roof, I also want to make a kind of a working bench, oven, chairs...

    This is the place where i practice my bushcraft skills or just relax when I have some time. When I have some more time I go to places where I've never been before and sleep in a hammock.

    I like images in posts so I put a bunch of them ;-)

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    My shelter before the raised bed, with tripod for cooking, fire place, and a heat reflector in front.

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    Front view, behind the heat reflector.

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    The roof from behind.

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    New raised bed, I also added a kind of a floor in front of the fire to keep my feet off the wet/cold ground.

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    The bed was comfortable, I fell asleep in front of the fire after I made it


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    Edit: You should see the pics now... Don't know why, but when i posted the pics where there
     
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    Lode, your pics aren't showing up for me. It's probably something on my end, since I'm technologically illiterate, but wanted to let you know. I love pictures too and would love to be able to see yours.
     
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    yeah, Lode I can't see your pictures either. Almost finished with my shelter by the way.
     
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    No go here on the pic either.
     
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    Here is a random photo set that I found of the longhouse that I worked in, and did a number of repairs on back in 01-03 It has since been totally torn down and rebuilt.

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    This is a shelter a group I run with made in Kentucky last winter for a weekend trip

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    This is where I holed up on a canoe trip back in the spring

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    The view from inside a "Tipi" I set up back in the fall

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    My brother and I decided to stay out a few nights without sleeping bags, so the shelter was almost as necessary as our fire.
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    Solved the problem with the pic's!
     
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    Primitive shelters are works of art. The only ones I have made were in my youth, the first was during my hunter safety course where we worked in groups to create a structure.
     
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    Very impressive, I really like the wood shed and the fire pit awesome.
     
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    My first debris shelter. I built underneath and between several bushes and vines so that I could be more concealed and camouflaged.
     
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    Awesome guys! I'll take some pics of mine and post them tomorrow. Pretty impressed with mine. quite roomy.
     
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    We are all wating, tomorrow???lol
     
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    Started this today with the Kids as they wanted a fort and I had copious amounts of leaves and pine needles. We did the first course with branches interweaving them. The second course we did was with the pine needles, they seem to do a better job of plugging the holes. Lastly we piled on the leaves. Eventually i will extend it out to give them something better to play in.
     
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    So checked on the shelter last night and found it unworthy with the rain. The angle was to shallow for myself and the rain was coming in over the edge. I will have to just convert it into a full debris shelter instead.
     
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    Thanks man, That's an awesome shelter!
     
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    Bushcraft in the garden

    Not so impressive as some of the shelters already shown. Anyway, here is a hut my daughter and me made last spring with some parts of an old Christmas tree that the previous owner of our house replanted in the garden and we decided to cut, and from branches of the hazel against which the hut is done.

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    No nail was used in the process, only rope/square lashing (I used to be a boy scout). It was very fun to do with limited tools and even if I remember it was cold when we ended it.
    It was decided to preserved the hut this winter as a greenhouse for some plants and flowers that could freeze and for which we couldn't find a place elsewhere. We only added a plastic sheet around to close the "windows" we made on purpose (remember it is a hut for children). Nothing else was put on the roof made of branches.
    Almost one year later, the hut is still there, even if we experienced a series of storms this winter. It has played its role quite well : we recovered the plants.

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    Now we are thinking on ways to improve our hut...
     
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    I live in the White Mountains of Arizona. This stretch of Ponderosa pine forest is the largest left in the continental US. I built this shelter about a mile from my house on the national forest. It is made from juniper limbs and pine needles. It has been in place now for about 2 years, and going strong.

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    Here is the fire ring in front of the entrance.

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    Boreal Bushcrafts Getting ready for winter outtings

    Hey! Everyone,

    Cool shelters. Here are a couple of Pic's of a raised bed lean-to a group I'm with in Manitoba, Canada built to hang out for the winter after the snow come. That should be any day now.

    Keep your tinder dry!
     

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    A little shelter the wife and I put up a few years ago on a very rainy trip into the bush - kept us very dry despite a consistent drizzle all night. Ferns really do shed the water very well if you're somewhere you can get enough of them.

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    Looks good!

    How thick did you make the ferns?

    Keep your tinder dry,
     
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    My rule when making a primitive shelter is basically the same as the old line about firewood - put enough until you think you couldn't possibly need more, then triple it. In my opinion the same is true whether you're using pine boughs, dead leaf litter, ferns, or pretty much anything.

    Seriously, it took all afternoon gathering them. We would get a big armful of ferns, double them over, and then wedge them into the sticks that formed the framework. Probably 4 or 5 layers deep in those bundles, all across the shelter. It would have been enough with half of that if it weren't raining, just to keep us warm, but it really came down that first night in that shelter and we were very glad we'd spent the extra time. We were dry as happy bunnies just snuggled up in our den, while just a foot outside it was drenched.
     
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    Very cool topic.

    Making one of these type shelters is on my list. This thread has moved it closer to the top.

    Thanks to the OP and all the contributeors thus far.

    I'm subscribing to use as a resource for ideas and encouragement.
     
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    A fallen tree shelter that I built in my back yard.

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    Bumping with winter pics of my shelter.

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    My son's shelter as part of Wilderness Survival Merit Badge
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    Kept him warm and dry in a torrential downpour.
     
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    ^ agreed! what a great find

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    pic of a debris shelter I built the weekend before last (not quite enough snow for a trench), framed it up-used a tarp to cover a portion of it, filled in lower gaps w/ branches, added a lot of boughs for the interior and finally covered everything w/ snow Slept just fine :4:
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