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How To : Make a Bow Drill – Firestarting

So you need to start a fire and all you’ve got is some wood, some rocks, and your shoelaces. Great, that’s all you need. A bow drill consists of 4 components: The Bow The Spindle The Fire Board The Hold You’ll need to gather some wood and a good sharp stone you can use as … Continue reading »

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Survival 101: Conservation

No shit, right? We’re all somewhat familiar with stories of the Native Americans who treat the animals that they hunt with the utmost respect, using every part of the animal so that the sacrifice of the animal was not taken for granted. This was not a custom evolved from superstition into practice, but one evolved … Continue reading »

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How To: Make Leather/Buckskin

Some sections that we’ll need to internalize in order to help with this section; as each section is complete, If I remember, I’ll link it. Campsite Chemistry: Salt, Litmus, Soap | How To: Kill Shit  |   Toolmaking: Needles  |  How To : Skin a Deer  | How To: Build a Smoke Hut/Lodge You’re going … Continue reading »

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How To: Make Cement

Sorry about the slight delay between posts, I can’t promise it won’t happen again, but I’m back for the moment so let’s dive directly into a pool of concrete. Mortar has been around since the dawn of civilization, and the art of masonry is one of the first skilled trades.  Now, I’m no mason, and … Continue reading »

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How to: Make Glue

Throughout SurviveWhatever we’ll be doing things that require glue.  If glue can’t be scavenged in your scenario, you’re going to need to figure out how to make your own. Pitch Glue:  Requires Charcoal and Pine Trees. In the wild, Pine trees are a valuable resource.  You can make cordage out of the roots, you can … Continue reading »

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Campsite Crafting 05: The Bloomery

Alright, this was super ambitious; there are a number of simpler furnaces, ovens, and kilns we could be making before we reach this point; but I say fuck it, go for the gold.  Let’s skip ahead. We are going to attempt to build our own blast furnace for smelting ore.  This is important. Smelting metal … Continue reading »

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Scrapyard Scavenging 02: Improvised Incendiaries and Smoke Screens

I may or may not move this further down the line and replace with something less practical… Subjects to cover: Fuse – We’re probably going to need a lot. Molotov Cocktail – The ultimate party beverage, we’ll learn how to make one the right way Thermite – Goes through wood faster than termite, the perfect … Continue reading »

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Training Regimen: The Freerunner

Designed to assist in urban survival scenarios; the freerunner is based on overcoming common obstacles to evade pursuers and claim high ground vantage or access points.  In an urban survival scenario, both visibility and invisibility are the difference between life and death. The freerunner is based on exercises performed by traceurs and track athletes. These … Continue reading »

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Urban SWK: The Basics

This Survive Whatever kit is comprised of 5 items you may find useful in a post-apocalyptic urban survival scenario.  Like other SWK’s it’s not intended to be the definitive survival kit; just an exercise. The container we’ve chosen is: The BulletBlocker Explorer Backpack, a bit pricey, at around $300, but relatively inexpensive compared to body … Continue reading »

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Campsite Crafting 04: Charcoal

Requires: Fire, Pottery Charcoal is going to be the primary fuel source for a lot of our future projects, as it has a much higher energy yield than normal, unconverted wood.  Also, it’s got some other uses besides just producing heat. Thankfully, charcoal making is a very easy process.  The idea is you want to … Continue reading »

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