Man creates water-powered hammer using primitive technology

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Watch and learn as one Australian hobbyist demonstrates just what life would be like if you suddenly found yourself alone in the woods and living like one of your ancestors.

The YouTube channel Primitive Technology is a blast from the past that harkens to a time before the tools of modern society made everyday life so much easier. The video series features various projects, such as ancient tools and structures, being crafted entirely from scratch using only all-natural materials available to primitive society.

The silent star of the series spends many hours out in the northern bush of Queensland, Australia, to patiently craft innovative items by utilizing materials found in the wild. The YouTube star’s latest project is a water-powered hammer.

Also known as a “Monjolo,” the ancient device is able to use flowing water to power itself without human effort and is useful for breaking down and pulverizing materials.

As the nearly nine-minute-long video shows, the project requires a great deal of effort in order to get the apparatus ready to work. Using stone tools and burning embers, the man in the video is eventually able to manipulate the flow of water to automatically swing a carefully constructed fallen log sitting on a tripod and fashioned into a wooden hammer.

It sounds a bit complicated, but it looks just like an automatic hammer that is powered by running water. The end result is an impressive prototype that could eventually help make this retro hobbyist’s daily tasks that much easier while living out in the elements.

“This type of hammer is used to pulverize grain into flour, the video’s description reads. “This device has also been used to crush clay for porcelain production. A stone head might make it useful as a stamp mill for crushing ores to powder. It might pulp fibres for paper even.”