We need to up our bush shelter game folks

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  1. ineffableone

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    Hey folks, I have been busy working on my homestead and only have internet when I come into town. So I haven't been participating too much on the forum. I have been reading threads some, but just don't have the time to spend like I used to. I am visiting family and so have been catching up on the internet a bit. I found something I just had to share.

    While watching a youtube video I saw an interesting video in the recommended section to the side. Clicked and was just amazed. Not even finished I opened the channel and saw the maker had a lot more videos similar.

    Here is the 1st video I came across


    BTW this is just the beginning of this build, in later videos he adds on more and more. Really making this a super deluxe shelter.

    The channel name is Tube Unique Wilderness
    And he has some amazing shelter builds as well as some crazy food vids.

    Now this stuff reminds me a bit of a channel we all are probably familiar with, Primitive Technology, but this new discovery is taking things a lot further. Taking luxury western living and using "primitive" shelter making skills to duplicate what might be seen in multimillion dollar homes.

    But this was just the tip of the iceberg, there are more channels like this. I started to notice in the recommended section other similar videos but from other channels. At first I assumed it was the same guy with different channels, but when I started checking the videos out. I found they were completely different channels.

    Here are just a few of the ones I found.
    Building Skill
    Survival Skills Primitive
    Brave Wilderness Primitive
    Primitive Skills
    Primitive Technology Ideas (who I had been subbed to already back when they had just started out, but had missed their evolution into a rather prolific channel.)
    Primitive Life *edit, Had to add this channel to the list just because it was so awesome and I had missed posting it

    There are just too many amazing videos to pick others to post here, I would end up just filling this post with amazing videos. These channels listed vary a bit, some are more hunting and eating wild foods, others more shelter building, others more inventive primitive technology. They all have some awesome content, and are worth checking out to see how simple materials can achieve amazing things.

    There are a bunch of similar channels that are just the hunting and eating of "exotic" foods. I am sure if you start down this rabbit hole of youtube channels you will discover a lot more, just as I did. I just wanted to cover the basics here and focus on the ones that had amazing crazy shelter building and primitive technologies.

    Amazing thing too, a lot of these videos have 8 million + views already. The channels have millions of subscribers. So these channels are very popular.
     
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    beacon Simul justus et peccator Bushclass I

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    That is a lot of lashing!
     
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    man... i want to build one of those in my yard... for the kid :)
     
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    Subbed his channel thanks
     
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    @beacon Yes there is a lot of lashing, and harvesting poles, cutting poles, and moving sand, etc... But man what he comes up with.

    @crewhead05 If you thinks the kids would like it as shown in the video, check out the further building where he adds a pool to the top level. But please build something like it and post it up here to share.

    @VtBlackDog Your welcome, don't forget to check out some of the others as well. There is some impressive knowledge and skills demonstrated in these channels.
     
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    As my brother pointed out, these folks have resources we don't in these rain forests. From abundant vines for lashing, to choices of wood for poles, and so much more. However I still think the skills, inventiveness, and ingenuity demonstrated in these videos can hopefully inspire us to up our game for building "primitive" shelters. After watching some of these videos I have a hard time calling them primitive, they are complex and sophisticated. What we are doing out in the woods with some of our best shelters is primitive, but what these folks are doing is building modern shelters with "primitive" skills.
     
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    I've seen some similar sized shelters made of driftwood along some beaches. They were not made to be permanent though and neither were some of the massive snow forts I made as a kid.

    I wish there were more places local to me that would permit a shelter of that size getting built on non-private land.....

    Thanks for the video @ineffableone , it really got me thinking! :)
     
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    TAOutdoors is doing a viking hut build thats pretty cool.
     
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    Yeah, way too much work imo... now if I had a place I could make a permanent camp then I'd be game.
     
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    I added another channel I had missed, Primitive Life.

    It was too good of a channel to not have in the list above. He is working with a lot more permanence. Using stone work and primitive concrete.
     
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    I found this video last night and thought I would share it on this thread. It is a psych explanation why we like to watch the videos produced by Primitive Technology.



    Of course the maker of this video assumes we are just the typical couch potato who doesn't get outside. So mileage might vary for those on this forum.
     
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    Thanks for the info I will check out these videos
     
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    I know plenty of you roll your eyes at the impractical shelters in some of these videos. How some of these channels are just playing for entertainment of westerners who don't realize that these shelters are not going to hold up or last.

    The biggest thing some of these less practical channels do for me, is show just what is really possible. While plenty of it is not so practical the skills and knowledge could be used to do more practical and still very impressive bush shelter stuff.

    Too often I think people rely on the same handful of shelter ideas without thinking about what they might be able to do to make a better design. While some of this is due to these repetitive designs being tried and true structure designs. I also think it is difficult for people to break out of a rut and think creatively.

    That is what I loved about this site 100 Wild Huts Which started with pretty basic designs but quickly broke the mold and got creative. Sadly he never reached the 100 mark, and only got to hut 21

    For example the hut 21 is a round shelter with staggered bunk beds, that is just awesome innovative thinking in shelter building

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    My point being that there is likely some amazing shelter designs we can be coming up with. While most will end up being one offs, and not useful for others except as inspiration, some might actually be useful designs that can really help folks who are into bushcraft and primitive skills. We can take some inspiration from these channels as well as from things we learned from the past shelters and even toss in some modern ideas with some pure creative ingenuity.

    Which is why I titled the thread "We need to up our bush shelter game folks" since it is pretty obvious there is a lot of unused ideas on shelter building out there that could be utilized. Who knows one of us might end up inventing a shelter design that takes off and becomes the go to bush shelter for the future bushcrafters.
     

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