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How To: Dress and Cook a Chicken (guest contribution)

Thanks to Wookielad for this gem, forgive the brevity: the following is taken directly from his instructions. [formatting mine] 1. Cut throat 2. Break neck 3. Dunk in hot water 4. Pluck 5. Remove feet 6. Cut out ass glands 7. Reach in and pull out guts 8. Apply seasoning 9. Impale on stick and … Continue reading »

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How To: Make bellows with primitive tools

This is meant to be an addendum to Campsite Crafting 05: The Bloomery I’m going to need some help with this.  I found an out of print book called “The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths” which describes the ‘primitive’ bellows.

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Campsite Chemistry 01 – Salt, Soap, Litmus Test

Holy shit salt is important.  Without salt you will die. With salt you’ll never get old and you’ll never die. Just like those fuckers in cocoon. 

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Wilderness Day 1: Finding Water while Staying Warm and Dry

Alright, so it’s day one in the wild, and it might be warm now, but tonight, it’s going to get fucking frigid, and we need to stay alive until the sun can thaw us out in the morning.  Here’s the walkthrough, as if we were stuck in some insanely boring video game. 

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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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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 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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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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Campsite Crafting 01 : How to Make Rope

The objective of the campsite crafting series is to create a functional understanding of fabrication, beginning with the most primitive of tools and culminating in complex finished goods, such as matches, firearm ammunition, and seaworthy boats.  It’s a long road, and we might not make it there together before the doomsday clock ticks its last … Continue reading »

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