This Steve Watts demonstration of how to make a bow drill fire showcases the expertise he held in his field. Those of us interested in primitive skills live in a pretty cool time. I remember being a kid and being interested in things like friction fire and bows and arrows, but there didn't seem to … Continue reading Watch Legendary Steve Watts Make a Bow Drill From Scratch in this Classic Video
In case you have ever doubted, the history of dogs proves that canines really are man's best friends. If my 3 year old daughter Tansy could play one game for the rest of her life, at this point it would be "playing dog." Oftentimes when I come home from school, she is crawling around the … Continue reading Man’s Best Friend: A Brief History of Dogs
A recent atlatl course at Revere High School was a real treat to be a part of. It felt a little crazy planning an atlatl course for mid-February in northeast Colorado. What could have gone wrong? Come to think of it, we were statistically more likely to have a snow day than an ideal day for … Continue reading February Atlatl Course Was Stone Age Fun!
The giant beaver of the last Ice Age, called castoroides, certainly falls under the category of things I didn't know. Sometimes interesting tidbits come at surprising times. Things you'd never expect just sort of pop up out of nowhere. Take the story of castoroides for example, the giant beaver of the last Ice Age that … Continue reading Beaver the Size of Shaq: Massive Castoroides Meant Business
Learning to build a bow drill fire can be a difficult endeavor. In the end however, you will be a much richer person for the effort. Frustration was beginning to build. Things weren't going right, and my patience had evaporated. A tweak here, an adjustment needed there, and then an unsuccessful attempt. I needed a … Continue reading Why To Start a Bow Drill Fire
With a bit of research, some pocket change, and a few minutes, you can build an atlatl to connect with generations of long ago. For whatever reason, I've always been one of those folks drawn to secrets of the past. Be it cowboys, mountain men, knights, or Stone Age hunters, they've always grabbed my attention. I never was … Continue reading Build and Atlatl an You Build a Piece of Living History