Primitive Technology: Trebuchet

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I first created the frame which was made of two tripods set close together. They were of timber and lashed together with cane. Then I made a basket from cane to hold the big rocks that would act as the counterweight. For the sling I used bark fiber from dead branches of a certain type of tree. The bark was stripped and the inner bark woven into rope. The rope was then made into a sling using 2 knots and thinner rope was used to weave the sling pouch. A simple toggle release was used hold the throwing arm in position and act as the trigger. The counter weight was then filled with rocks and pulled into position to be held by the toggle. A shot-put sized stone was then placed into the sling pouch. When the toggle was released the stone would be launched 18- 20 meters (the length of the clearing) but could undoubtedly shoot further if more weight was added. Targets were set up and destroyed. Range can be adjusted by adding or subtracting weight from the basket, while shooting to the left or right is done by turning the whole catapult while the basket is empty. The whole build took 5 weeks, the hardest part being collecting the bark fiber to make the rope. The trebuchet is a simple but effective way to deliver payloads to a target destination.

About Primitive Technology:
Primitive technology is a hobby where you build things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. These are the strict rules: If you want a fire, use a fire stick – An axe, pick up a stone and shape it – A hut, build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without utilizing modern technology. I do not live in the wild, but enjoy building shelter, tools, and more, only utilizing natural materials. To find specific videos, visit my playlist tab for building videos focused on pyrotechnology, shelter, weapons, food & agriculture, tools & machines, and weaving & fiber.

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  1. hes going to wage war against the other primitive technology channels

  2. Awesome job, but it needs more tension and it will pack more of a punch. I don’t think this would be able to destroy a well built structure. I understand the science behind it, but there is no way I would be able to build one like you did!

  3. WW IV with whats left on earth here we go

  4. I-…. Well. I never expected this to be one of the projects covered here…

  5. Aldorino Kripperino

    Now that he has a town center he’s rushing his military. gg

  6. 1:43

  7. what is your purpose? You have enemies out there?

  8. Plush Lord Of The Seas

    always glad to see a new vid from the OG

  9. They’ll never “forget” to pay their tax of 1 kangaroo again!

  10. Всё чувак, я сдаюсь! Ты победил))))

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