Primitive Technology: Woven bark fiber

  • Published on:  4/29/2016
  • Woven Bark FibreI made a rough type of textile from bark fibre. This is the same tree I use for making cordage though I don’t know its name. It has been raining a lot here lately (the video also shows how well the hut stands up to rain) and this caused a large wattle tree to fall down taking a few smaller trees with it. One of the trees was the type I use for fibre. So I stripped the bark from it and divided it into thinner strips back at the hut.I spun the fibre strips into a rough yarn using a drop spindle. The drop spindle was basically the spindle and fly wheel I used in the pump drill video I made a while ago. A small stick was tied to the top of the drop spindle to act as a hook to make sure the fibres spun. I tied bark strips to the spindle and spun the spindle so it twisted the strip. When one strip ran out a new strip was added and twisted into the thread.I then made a loom by hammering stakes into the ground and lashing cross bars to it. Stakes were hammered into the ground to hold every first string while a moveable cross bar held every second string. When the bar was lifted a gap was formed where every second string was above every first string. Then when the bar was dropped a gap was formed where the opposite was true. So in this way the weaving thread could be drawn through over and under one way and then under over back the opposite way. The alternative was to weave by hand which would have taken longer.Collecting, stripping and drying the fibre took a few days to do. Spinning and weaving took just over a day per 70 cm square. The result was a rough material about as stiff as a welcome mat. So at this stage I’m using them as mats. In future I will investigate finer fibres, such as those from banana stalks, as a possible material for cloth. They take more processing but produce a finer product. I may also make a permanent, portable loom that can be taken indoors when it rains.Wordpress: https://primitivetechnology.wordpress...Patreon page: have no face book page. Beware of fake pages.


  • RichaadEB
    RichaadEB 3 years ago+3994

    its refreshing to see people on yt that know how to shut up and let their work speak on their behalf. No epic music, no obnoxious youtuber faces, no babbling on about inane shit. just a dude being good at stuff.

  • Aaron Brown
    Aaron Brown a years ago+1086

    If you were on Naked & Afraid, they'd have to rename it to Clothed, Confident & Comfortable. 😂

  • ベュ スheck
    ベュ スheck a years ago+595

    In 64 years:
    Primitive Technology: Quarry on Venus

  • Derin Edala
    Derin Edala 5 months ago+205

    Oh no, he's researched Loom. Now his villagers will be way harder to kill.

  • Subhash Dhakal
    Subhash Dhakal a years ago+154

    This method is still used in my country (Nepal) to make mats.
    Locals call it GUNDRI.
    We use rice straw..

  • Jacob E Larsen
    Jacob E Larsen a years ago+170

    My grandma used to do the exact same only that she ripped old clothes into strands... the rugs i use to this day are still the ones she made years ago :)

  • Elizabeth Blane
    Elizabeth Blane 2 months ago+29

    In the 1940s, my grandmother, living in rural Canada, made linen cloth for sheets and towels. She would plant the flax (linen), let it grow, harvest it, soak it in pond water to rot everything except the fibers, beat and dry the fiber, spin it and then weave it into cloth. I still have two of her kitchen towels today. They are a treasure to me.

    JOSHUA LEONARD 6 months ago+62

    *goes camping
    see tiled roof house

  • Fourth _Stooge
    Fourth _Stooge 5 months ago+53

    This guy is a certified genius!
    If not, I am now certifying him as one

  • Zetsuei1
    Zetsuei1 2 years ago+1912

    Psychologists should explain why on hell these videos are so therapeutic. Geez I find my self in peace while watching these videos.

  • jayden Erasmus
    jayden Erasmus a years ago+112

    No talking and 8 mil subs

  • Mike Hegarty
    Mike Hegarty 3 days ago+1

    I want to see the hammock he made from the finished product.
    He be sleeping off the floor like a boss. 🖒😎

  • Julien Schaaan
    Julien Schaaan 1 months ago+17

    A: What are you wearing?
    This guy: A tree.
    A: What?

  • Jorge Jesus
    Jorge Jesus yesterday

    Faz uma vassoura. para você varrer o chão para fica tudo limpinho.

  • Forssa1
    Forssa1 3 years ago+2917

    It really ties the room together.

  • paul snor
    paul snor 6 months ago+15

    We talk about stone age, as if it was just stone, but that is only because only the stone remains. There was much more, like wood, bamboo and mud.

  • Mr M
    Mr M a years ago+60

    Patience is a blessing

  • Dhimas Afihandarin
    Dhimas Afihandarin a years ago+41

    i can imagine a crude furniture and hammock is coming.

  • poop sock
    poop sock 14 hours ago

    Next idea is to make a blunt when you stranded in the forest

  • MeLikeBigBoom
    MeLikeBigBoom 3 years ago+4094

    You gonna put your gold play button in your hut?