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An 18th-century No-Nails Survival Shelter

Watch eighteenth-century lifestyle YouTube host and Indiana-based proprietor Jon Townsend build a “Frontiersman’s Survival Shelter” with no nails.

“The wilderness is a very harsh environment and shelter is crucial to survival. Thousands of men, women, and children ventured into the interior of North America in the 18th century. It was a wilderness, a wilderness without any support structure, without any shelter. They had to build these shelters quickly just to survive.”

He teams up to build this three wall shack, a refuge from the wilderness built from what was available: Tree trunks, strips of inner bark for rope, and what might be honey locust tree thorns, used as nails to secure the thin shingles of the tree’s outer bark.

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Level the 1700s-era builds up with another Townsends video: Building a log barn in Limestone, Tennessee.

Plus, more shelter and construction videos, including:
• Building a ‘bed shed’ sleeping shelter with Primitive Technology
How to Build an Igloo (1949)
• How to build with different mud recipes
How nomads put together a ger (or yurt)
• Building a wigwam, a time lapse
Log cabin time lapse: A Canadian man builds a shelter from scratch


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