I am back on the west coast of Denmark and is enjoying a solo overnight in a more "primitive" fashion. I am building a quick shelter, making bacon, repairing my wool sweater and testing a russian axe I restored yesterday.


1. What camera did you use?

DSLR Nikon D7000 with mainly Nikon 50mm 1.8


2. What pants did you use?

Ridgeline Explorer Pintail


3. Do you have premission?

Yes I have premission.


4. What axe are you using?

A classic russian style axe made by ZIK. I restoured it yesterday. 


5. What knife are you using?

Homemade, classic scandinavian style. 


6. Do you like the russian axe?

Yes. The design is very well refined and i think it will grow on me. But this was my first time using a russian style axe and it's something a lot different from the finnish style axes I am use to, but is looking forward to use the russian axe more and getting to know it better. So far do I like the russian style axe better than the morden american and swedish style forest axes, but finnish style axes is still the bedst I know.  


You just keep adding moss and wood on to your satisfaction. The smoke can easily pass through the moss (or you just make an opening) and the moss will soak the rain and the heat from the fire and sun will make it evaporate. But of course it's just a quick shelter and not like a more permanent primitive shelters with example birch bark, if it rains heavy are you likely to get a bit wet. In periodes with no rain will the fire dry out the materials and you need to water it or to be extra careful with keeping the fire small and spark free.

If you have the time is it so much better not to include needles - after a few weeks will they dry and fall down all over the place.

A have a permanent bigger one at home - a Sami Gamme. That is this shelter shape at it's most refined stage - but of course not something you build on one overnight. That is a real permanent home. It took me a few weeks to build the one at home and the one in the video just 3 hours. 

Here is a short video from then I was working on the one I have at home.


Located a ideal piece of wood for a primitive hoe.

Sharpening the russian axe with a Gransfors Bruks stone.

Is removing irregularities and vegetation.

A quick way to make a point on a stick. The spruce branches is places in a circle...

...and then is it just a matter of going under and over.... under and over.

Is gathering moss for wather and wind profing the shelter.

I used small sticks to "nail" the moss to the shelter...

...and dead wood that was collected with no tools.

Making fire wood. In this case was it hady not to cut down the tree first.

The shelter is don and it's night time.

The small fire will smoke all night and keep the mosquito away. Very little smook is needed in a closed shelter like this.

Collecting fatwood. Spruce trees are better than pine. Fatwood smells of turpentine and...

...has this red/orange collar, is hard so it can be scrabed into tinder and...

...ignite very easy and burn with black smoke. Fatwood is a ideal tinder for buchcraft.

Keeping the fire away to one site, keeps the bacon from getting burnt.

Is repairing some big holes in my sweater. It's just over and under... over and under.

The bacon is don.

The sewater is don.