Primitive Technology: Grass Hut

Primitive Technology: Grass Hut

I built this grass hut up on a ridge. It’s roughly parallel with the tiled hut and wattle and daub hut that are a couple of hundred meters away down in a valley. I built it on a ridge to get away from mosquitoes in wet weather. This project took 7 days to make. I looked for a spot and cleared it on the first day, built the frame on the second, and spent the next 5 collecting grass. The type of grass is Guinea grass, an introduced species here in Australia meant for live stock. This grass is difficult to collect in this dry forest and I had to climb further into the mountain to get it.
The design is a simple pointed dome that’s easy to build. The tools used were simply sharp stones and a digging stick. It’s 2.5 m wide and 2 m tall. 8 lawyer cane strips were driven into the ground to form the ribs of the structure and hoops of cane were put over this to attach the grass to. Vine was used to tie the frame together and to tie handfuls of long grass to it. When the hut was almost finished a cap was made and lifted onto the top of the dome to finish it.
This hut is easy to build and houses a large volume. The shape is wind resistant and strong for it’s materials. Gaps can be seen in the thatch but not if viewing from directly underneath meaning that it should shed rain well. A fire should be possible in the hut as long as it’s small and kept in a pit in the center.The reason the hut took so long is due to the scarcity of grass on the hill. It could be built much quicker in a field.

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21 thoughts on “Primitive Technology: Grass Hut”

  1. the only problem is you cant have a fire in there to keep you warm or else the whole hut will go up in flames

  2. It’s all fun and games until a wayward spark hits that wall. Then: Poof!

  3. this would make a very good bonfire… XD just jokin’ very informative and good job!

  4. Marry me and we can live in a primitive grass hut together. I am going to be harvesting berries while you hunt boars <3

  5. I think there’s a serious sense of irony here. we’re all amazed (myself included) at the primitive survival techniques this guy uses, and yet we’re living in a world where we can barely deal with waiting in line at the super market.

  6. I feel like this guy got lime disease at least three times while building this hut

  7. People in Africa do this to survive
    This guy does it for FUN.

    Chuck Norris 2.0 right here.

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