For all of the nauseating “Smartphone of the Future” noise we’ve been hearing over the past week, let’s take a minute to go back to basics.

SolidSmack favorite YouTuber Primitive Technology, a mastermind in working with natural materials to create functional shelters and objects, recently created his own furnace using—yep, primitive technology—for manufacturing ceramic goods. The simple design, which is made from mud and sticks, could theoretically also be used to smelt metals.

“The purpose of this project was to test a simplified blower design connected to a furnace,” he explains. “I purposely did this to show that people in most natural environments should be able to replicate this design without difficulty…I made 3 pots and fired them with charcoal.”

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While the purpose of the project was simply experimentation, there’s no denying this is solid badassery at its finest. Head over to YouTube to read the full breakdown.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.