Jan 15 2007

Primitive Clamps

Published by at 3:13 pm under Plant Materials

Clamps work in the opposite way of the wedge, holding things together rather than separating them. They are very useful and luckily also equally easy to make.

The first task you need to do is to grind, saw or chop off appropriate lengths of the stick that are to be made into clamps.

Secondly, you should tie it off in the middle to have a point where the crack is to stop. If you take it further up than the middle it may not stand the strain, despite the string. The string on this photo is a piece of sinew.

Now, drive the wedge into one of the ends and split it up to the string.

To use it, just put whatever you want held together into the split.


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3 Responses to “Primitive Clamps”

  1. Survival Acreson 17 Jan 2007 at 7:17 am

    Great blog! I just found you and added you to my bookmarks.

    I’ve been getting more and more interested in primitive living skills, versus “survival” skills, of which I’m pretty versed in.

    Primitive living and the practical “how to” would seem like a great addition to my present skill set (and state of mind I must add).

    I’ll be back and will comment some more after I’ve had a chance to digest some of your posts!

  2. torjusgaarenon 17 Jan 2007 at 10:34 am


    Survival skills are good, but primitive survival skills make you even more adaptable. That is one of my main motivations for going that far.

  3. Living Primitively » Sewing Birch Barkon 24 Dec 2007 at 11:56 pm

    […] the sewing you need a bone or antler awl, the roots and a preferably some clamps. Clamp it together and start sewing. There are several types of sewing, depending on if you are […]

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