Building a quick structure: Using scavenging methods to build shelter
I’d like to talk about a material that can be used to build a simple structure, and that is easy to scavenge. We’ve all seen the roadwork ahead signs or the signs that suggest there’s construction work being done. These symptoms are typically square and can be used to fashion together makeshift huts or small and sealed buildings. Let me explain a little bit. When I was about 11 years old and growing up in the city, I always had a tough time finding a right place to building Fort. The more I looked or searched, the harder it was to locate large amounts of wood and building supplies. It was by chance I happened to an idea that led to some of the best forts I’ve ever made (I have no idea if I am the only one who ever thought of this, I doubt it, but I was 11 at the time). Walking home from school I noticed several signs along the way that would inform me that there was roadwork being done up ahead. The signs were square, and for the most part easy to carry, now as 11 years old I found I could only carry one of them at a time, but with enough trips I was able to get a few dozen of these. Now the only thing I had to figure out was where do I build my structure so I grabbed my nails and hammer along with my brother and we set out to find the perfect fort building location.
We ended up settling inside of a Briar patch, just so happened that it was right in berry season so we would get to enjoy a snack as we built our Fort. With a dull machete, we were able to hollow out inside one of these patches I can’t remember the exact size of the of the piece, but we were able to make a tunnel that led into four rooms. Once inside you can set up several sleeping quarters for general places to get out of the rain because the brush set over the top of the structure it was quite possible to remain dry for a time of time.
So if you’re a city dweller, and you find yourself in need of a structure, and you have no preplanned location perhaps take a look around you. There are thousands of pre-built signs just lying around it wouldn’t take long for you to find just to set up your hut. Here are a few words I learned as a child.
When clearing out a blackberry bush don’t clear out too much too fast try to bring some of your boards inside and see if you can use the brush as a natural seal. What I mean by this is to save yourself the need for nails or any adhesive, you simply use a tight space to force the boards together. Always put the colored side down. Always. As you will notice if you leave the colored team up that any holes with inside the blackberry patch will show outside. This will allow people to see your structures if you try to use the shaded side. The inside typically is Brown or darker color, and it will blend in with the surroundings much more comfortable.Don’t worry about walking. If you have to make a journey of a mile or more that’s not a big deal don’t be tempted to go your structure right next to the location where there are hundreds of signs. If there is a better location farther away be willing to use that.Well, I hope this helped you a little bit, as with any scavenging method: always be prepared, ready and expect setbacks.
Here are a few pictures of really good thick patches of briar. Look for good surroundings and an excellent deep piece. (if you can.)Side note: Try not to make it have or look like there is an entrance to it. If you can have a smaller person go into the brush with thick cloth on. Clear out a bit to allow transfer of supplies. Now you can build the shelter without it seem like anyone is even inside.