One of my most favorite YouTube channels is called Primitive Technology. It is run by an Australian guy who makes things in the wild completely from scratch without using any modern tools or materials. He builds shelters, makes tools and primitive weapons, and grows/gathers his own food. He never speaks on his videos, so you are watching everything unfold as he goes. Watching the videos is relaxing, adventurous, and educational at the same time. The channel is very popular with 3.5 million subscribers, and an international fanbase of people from all walks of life, both young and old. Schools use his videos as well to demonstrate ancient technologies, and how our ancestors lived and made things. Primitive Technology guy is also well known for wearing nothing more than a pair of dark-blue shorts. 🙂
So what does this has to do with LEGO? Well, Primitive Technology also has followers from the LEGO fan community, and one of those fans, Magma guy, decided to build a little tribute. He recreated the tiled roof hut from one of Primitive Technology’s most popular videos with over 21 million views. I have included the video for you below for reference, in case you haven’t seen it yet.
Magma guy shares that building the hut out of LEGO was quite challenging, because of the small size of the original (6×6 feet). To make the hut appropriately sized for a minifig it would had to be 6×6 studs, which was way too small. So the size was increased to 8×8 studs, with a generously overhanging roof. Despite the small size, Magma guy was able to include many of the original details, including the stone foundation, rock and mud walls, ceramic roof tiles, and door made of sticks. You will also notice the clay pots and resin torch, and of course the minifig version of Primitive Technology guy himself, who made it all.
Magma guy also added a bonus picture to the most loyal Primitive Technology fans, depicting some of the other projects featured in the videos; bow and arrow, spear thrower, clay pots, sling, stone axe, stone adze, charcoal, and baskets. The only thing missing is the blue shorts, which is sort of a trademark of the Primitive Technology guy, but at least he is shirtless, so all is good. If you would like to see more of Magma guy’s LEGO creations you can visit his flickr gallery. If you would like to watch more Primitive Technology videos you can check out their YouTube channel. It is also worth reading the Q&A section of their blog, as it is very interesting. And I recommend going through the description of the videos as well, as there are more details about each project. This is especially important as the videos themselves have no explanation, only the beautiful sounds of nature…
What do you think? Are you familiar with the Primitive Technology channel and videos? Did you get inspired to also explore primitive technology and build something from scratch, or at least recreate some of the projects from LEGO? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉