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The popular Primitive Technology blog features an unnamed man in Far North Queensland in Australia building tools and structures using only raw, found materials. This instalment finds the man constructing a rain-proof shelter, with room for a fire pit, out of wood, vines, palm and grass. The resulting video makes for a small-scale masterclass in DIY wilderness survival. To learn more about the step-by-step process while watching, turn on closed captions in the YouTube video player.
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