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Old 13 July 2018, 12:28
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Lifestyle reconstruction

So, I know we have a thread for disaster/attack/emergency prep stuff, but this goes a step beyond that, with less reason and it seemed better to start a new topic than to hijack that one.

Anyone else out there interested in primitive living techniques for their own sake? I've always been fascinated with it. I decided to call it "lifestyle reconstruction," as most reconstructionist movements are gear not toward lifestyle, but to religion.

Anyway...for as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by the ways people did things before the industrial revolution, from the stone age all the way through the renaissance. I've learned to weave and to tan leather, make my own bows, make fertile soil without commercial fertilizer...I've learned to make friction fires, to carve tools from wood and bone, and to forage for wild food.

Anyone else out there weird enough to be interested in this stuff?
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Old 13 July 2018, 12:30
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One thing that's been really interesting to me is a heightened awareness of where stuff really comes from. You never quite look at normal everyday shit the same again once you've learned to make it yourself, the "hard way." Even food seems different once you've started foraging for or growing your own.
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Old 13 July 2018, 13:21
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I've always been pretty interested in making whatever I can vs buying. I'd say my interest lay more in the 1800-1930 time period. And I realize a ton of change happened during that time period.
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Old 13 July 2018, 13:27
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I love primitive survival. I got really into primitive survival around 6 or 7 years ago and never looked back. There is nothing more satisfying and freeing then just you working with nature to simply live. Discovering you're limits and learning about yourself is the best part of the human experience IMO.

I will say I hate ticks. Those little fuckers get everywhere.
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Old 13 July 2018, 15:40
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There is a channel on YouTube called "primitive technology" that is full of some guy making things literally out of dirt, mud, and sticks --- and crafting amazingly functional items and materials. It's well worth the watch and you'll likely get addicted.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL...Sm8AlZyD3nQdBA
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Old 13 July 2018, 16:07
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Very cool. Sounds a lot like experimental archeology.
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Old 13 July 2018, 16:21
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It's well worth the watch and you'll likely get addicted.
That's a legit warning. Don't start watching if you don't have hours to invest, because you will find yourself bogged down in it sooner than you realize. I'm not sure where the dude is, but it looks a bit like southern Appalachia.
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Old 13 July 2018, 16:30
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In the "About" section of the Channel the guys says he is located in "Far North Queensland Australia"
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Old 13 July 2018, 16:50
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I do some of this stuff, but more like sportsman oriented. Trapping, tanning fur, that kind of stuff.
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Old 13 July 2018, 16:54
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We live in the most advance time ever known and you guys want to live with ticks and make condoms out of sheep intestine, for fun? Knock yourselves out. Iíll be drinking wine while I eat something thatís truffle infused.
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Old 13 July 2018, 18:01
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There is a show on Discovery called "Off the Grid"and tracks people in 4 different settings-

one guy lives in the Okeefenokee Swamp

a couple that lives in a 'treehouse'

a guy that lives in caves in Arkansas

and the last guy lives like a mountain man- although in one episode he hits one of his caches and has peas and corn from cans for supper.

Another is "The Legend of Mick Dodge"- a guy in the PNWwho lives off the land exclusively...
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Old 13 July 2018, 18:04
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There is a show on Discovery called "Off the Grid"and tracks people in 4 different settings-

one guy lives in the Okeefenokee Swamp

a couple that lives in a 'treehouse'

a guy that lives in caves in Arkansas

and the last guy lives like a mountain man- although in one episode he hits one of his caches and has peas and corn from cans for supper.

Another is "The Legend of Mick Dodge"- a guy in the PNWwho lives off the land exclusively...
I enjoy watching this series. I never heard of Mick Dodge until watching that show. Afterwards, I did some digging on him through the Internet...he is an interesting dude, to say the least.
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Old 13 July 2018, 18:06
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I saw one of their videos (maybe one of theirs - site looked very similar) on Facebook yesterday. It was sped up, and showed them digging the well, making the firepit for bricks, lining the well, then making a filter/cistern for the well. Amazing to watch.
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We live in the most advance time ever known and you guys want to live with ticks and make condoms out of sheep intestine, for fun? Knock yourselves out. Iíll be drinking wine while I eat something thatís truffle infused.
I just set up fermentation on some hard cider today. Never been a fan of traditional wine, but I started making apple wine (and apple brandy) when I was a kid. Tasty stuff. Condoms? Who needs 'em?

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There is a channel on YouTube called "primitive technology" that is full of some guy making things literally out of dirt, mud, and sticks --- and crafting amazingly functional items and materials. It's well worth the watch and you'll likely get addicted.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL...Sm8AlZyD3nQdBA
I've been hooked on this one for a while. Really cool techniques. Dude knows some shit, for real.
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Old 13 July 2018, 22:11
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I have gotten into it a little bit since I moved back to the family land. I grew up watching my grandfather and learned a lot from him. Never really realized what he was teaching me until my wife and daughter started doing reenactments. I would help the guys in the Indian village and they started asking where I learned the stuff from and I told them my Grandparents. I just thought my grandfather was just real tight with his money, never realized I was getting a life lesson. I tried teaching my kids but they never got into it till they hit their late teens. They called me cheap.
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I have just started building water catchment systems. I am using plastic and PVC though. The whole concept is interesting, however.
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Old 14 July 2018, 08:41
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