Primitive Technology: Pot Made of Wood Ash - New Clay Alternative

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Shared December 13, 2019

Primitive Technology: Pot Made of Wood Ash - new clay alternative created by me.
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I invented method of making pots from wood ash instead of clay. The ash is mixed with water and formed into shape, left to set for 3-7 days and will then be water resistant like normal clay pottery. Unlike conventional clay pottery, no firing is required, the pot will set by itself in the air due to the high lime content of the ash. First the wood must be burned at a high temperature, well ventilated fire. The white ash is then mixed with water, molded into a pot using conventional pottery techniques and will then set due to the calcium oxide in the wood ash turning into calcium carbonate by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The pot can then optionally be polished with a smooth object such as a shell while it's semi dry to give it a shiny finish. The resultant pot was then put in water for 24 hours without dissolving. It then held water for another 24 hours though some of the water seeped out. It should make a good alternative to clay pottery if there are no sources of clay around. A brick was also made to test it's ability to form bricks. The ash brick also passed the water test after spending 24 hours in the creek without dissolving.

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.


Let’s hope he’s spent the year building for a banger

1 month ago | [YT] | 1,737


It’s been over a year. YouTube is recommending to me plenty of other survival channels. This one is still the best; it explains what it’s doing, and considers tradeoffs between different designs and not just the looks for views.

1 month ago | [YT] | 806

Emily Berry

When he comes back: “so I did some building off camera”

1 month ago | [YT] | 1,862


When he comes back: "Primitive Technology: How to cure Covid with clay and fire"

1 month ago | [YT] | 574

Jacob Bodnovits

Idk how many people know this already, but he's just taking a break to work on a project for a cable network.

1 month ago | [YT] | 237


Hi all,

Due to some concerns from the subreddit, I've reached out to John Plant, owner of the Primitive Technology YouTube channel, for an update on his status during this pandemic, and because he hasn't released new videos for a few months now.

I'm happy to be able to report that John is doing well and everything is fine. He thanks us for our concern and... has a nice surprise for us:

He's unfortunately not allowed to reveal any details at this time, but John is currently taking a break from YouTube because he is working on a project for a cable network!

Hope you all stay safe and healthy!

was posted 13 days ago on reddit :)

10 months ago | [YT] | 11,758

Wanna Be idiot

I’m happy to inform you that John Plant, or the man in these videos is doing fine! He isn’t dead like so many people think happens when some take a leave of absence on YouTube (i don’t understand why that is always said) He is in-fact working on a special project for a Cable Network and can’t talk about it and has taken time off to better focus his efforts. He is very thankful for the concerns and the well wishes during his hiatus!

1 month ago (edited) | [YT] | 77

The Drunk Monk

My guy just skipped 2020. Missing you! Probably building his own computer, camera, and internet from the silica in the creek

3 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 27


On May 28, 2020 a Reddit post explaining where John has been was posted. It states that John is doing well and everything is fine. The post also states that John is currently taking a break from YouTube because he is working on a project for a cable network. It is currently unknown when John will return to his YouTube channel.

4 days ago | [YT] | 6

Знайка Иванович

Прошел год, а я все еще жду новые видео!

1 month ago | [YT] | 6

Riley O'Donnell

Just like the Avatar. "But when the world needed him most, he vanished."

5 months ago | [YT] | 6,746

Mr Mosby

When he finally comes back he's gonna have a vaccine made out of dirt

3 months ago | [YT] | 143


I hope his Cable show is still filming. If I remember correctly someone asked if he was ok and he said he is on a break from youtube to film a tv show...

1 month ago | [YT] | 30

nacho orvañanos

I miss this guy. He is the reason that we watch people building house underground inside pools

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 7

Rob Knight

Hope you’re ok, mate. I always worry when YouTubers I like go quiet for a year!

4 days ago | [YT] | 4

TysyTube Restoration

where are you 😭😭😭?

5 months ago | [YT] | 2,895

Kuro Nagasaki

The Man, the Myth, the Legend. I wish this guy comes back.

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 3


This channel was probably my favourite on Youtube. It is so sad to see that he seems to have stopped his progress.

1 month ago | [YT] | 5

Suit 52

I just came from a video explaining his disappearance (I’ll give you the creators name in the reply’s to this comment) the owner and of this channel is doing fine and is taking a break from YouTube they are working on a television show and that’s all the details there is. Hope this cleared some stuff up for you guys!

1 month ago | [YT] | 3


Where'd you go Brother? YouTube isn't the same without you.

6 days ago | [YT] | 2