How To Use Wood To Improve A Shelter Or Cabin

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There are unconventional ways to improve any cabin, house or even survival shelter without much expense, and here we give you some examples.

What we can do with wood is practically limited only by our imagination; it is true that most people that are not familiar with survival techniques may think that wood within the context of outdoor activities may be used only to fuel fires, but that is not true, by far.


An assortment of gadgetsmade out of wood.
An assortment of gadgetsmade out of wood.

In many different regions of the world people have developed a myriad of different ways to use wood without any further additives such as glue or nails. Dhous of the Persian Golf have been sailing for centuries in oceanic waters, and for quite a long time they were built using no nails at all, and there are other examples such as the Aleutian oceanic kayaks that were finally outlawed by the Russians because they could not compete with the local seal hunters, even with their big and technologically advanced ships and firearms.


Wood can be combined with other resources to achieve odd decorative motives.
Wood can be combined with other resources to achieve odd decorative motives.

But in the case of cabins and homely constructions for a living or surviving, there are some techniques that could be used to achieve a certain level of primitive comfort; and some of these techniques are not so novel by what they achieve, but because of the way in which things get done.


The floor and a woodden ladder in a cabin, somewhere in Patagonia.
The floor and a woodden ladder in a cabin, somewhere in Patagonia.

In the picture above we can see the entrance of a cabin located somewhere in Patagonia. The floor has been made with heavy logs that have not been placed horizontally after being cut as planks, but vertically; thus, the builders saved a lot of time and by the way, they achieved extremely strong foundations for their two-story building that by the way, has to withstand heavy snowfalls every year. The ladder has been made out of a single trunk too, and if you look at the door, it is divided in two parts. The lower one precludes animals from entering, and the higher half can be used both as a door and as a window.


A fence built in the same cabin.
A fence built in the same cabin.

So, in order to live better you don't necessarily need more money or resources, but a little bit of ingenuity and practice; those are the basis of survival, and then some.



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