Living Primitively - Blog and Book Review

One of my favourite bloggers, Torjus Gaaren, has been blogging again recently at his Living Primitively page. Along with American Bushman and Pablo's Woodlife his was one of the first bushcraft blogs that I read back in 2006. His blog contains a variety of material on his prmitive lifestyle hunting and gathering in Norway.
Although I'm not a practicioner of primitive skills that has not stopped me from reading a lot about the subject as it combines two of my passions, bushcraft and history. Sometimes it does make me wish there was suitable stone for tool making near here!
Torjus has produced 2 E-books, one on working wood with stone tools and a new one on making moccasins and sewing implements.

The Basics of Woodworking with Stone Age Tools
This is the first of Torjus' Ebooks, and is available as a free download through his blog. This book concentrates on the various techniques available to primitive wood workers and deals with them in a logical framework. The book doesn't look heavily at tool manufacture and does approach things in an interesting way. The reliance on methods such as splitting with wedges and abrading have important applications for any bushcrafters who don't regularly take an axe with them. It's well worth a read and offers some good guidance and inspiration

Making a Primitive Sewing Kit and Pair of Moccasins 
This is the newest E-book and is available as an download through Lulu for the price of $5. It's not a very long book but contains good instructions and pictures. The moccasin pattern is something I'd love to try but getting hold of suitable material is easier said than done. It's not the moccasin section which is the highlight though, it's the designs for bone needles, awl and a needle case in the Saami style. The information in here is not unique, but I doubt you'll find it done anywhere else using stone and bone tools. The biggest reason to buy this book is that it will help the writer further his research and experience and hopefully prompt another book.


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