Primitive Technology: Water powered hammer (Monjolo)

I built a water powered hammer called a “Monjolo”. I started by making a water spout from half a hollow log to direct water from the creek. This was set up in the creek and water flowed through it. The hammer was made from a fallen tree. I cut it to size by burning it at the points I wanted it cut (to save effort chopping). Next I carved a trough in one end to catch falling water. This was done first with a stone chisel that was then hafted to an L–shaped handle and used as an adze. This adze only took about an hour to make as I already had the chisel head and cordage made of bark fibre to bind it with.

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+16 1. Geekster (admin) commented 7 years ago

Hey guys! Sorry for the downtimes lately, but I am terribly busy and I also have this thing with my mom's accident, she's still in hospital , surgeries and stuff. She won't be able to walk 4 months and it's quite bad.... but she's getting better. I write this from my phone cause I'm on the go, but I'll publish some vids when I have some time.

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+10 2. seldomseen77 commented 7 years ago

No problem Geekster, take care of your mom!
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+10 3. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

#1 Best wishes to your Mom on behalf of all of us here on snotr, sending greetings and best wishes for a quick recovery! <3
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+11 4. Burimi commented 7 years ago

#1 all the best for your mother! Hope she will get better!
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+10 5. Platonic commented 7 years ago

#1 be strong, take care of your mother.
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+4 6. DryBarber commented 7 years ago

Clever, but too slow, you can do it with your hands in few minutes,, Its good if you live in forest and you want to chase away snakes and other animals as they flee from knockin :D sfmbe
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+3 7. Dennyboy commented 7 years ago

#3 Seconded.
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+2 8. Judge-Jake commented 7 years ago

#3 Thirded <3
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+2 9. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

#8 Isn't it past your bedtime, dear JJ? ;)
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0 10. Judge-Jake commented 7 years ago

#9 It was indeed, but I was watching my country tieing itself into yet another knot over politics. What a fecking mess we have woken up to to this morning!!!!!!!!!!
It could be worse though we could have your monkey in charge. :(|)
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+1 11. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

#10 Yes, be glad you don't have him!!! :S
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+1 12. snotraddict commented 7 years ago

#10 if you'd had the right monkeys in charge, you wouldn't be having the mess you're having.:(|)
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-7 13. primtech commented 7 years ago

This is my video Geekster. Take it down. You're copyright app doesn't work. And stop stealing YouTubers videos, that's illegal.
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+3 14. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

Who is still here?? :|...I am.
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-1 15. Judge-Jake commented 7 years ago

#14 Keep looking in nothing's happening though. <3

#3 This isn't your video primtech we won it fare and square in a game of Russian roulette from the last girl who claimed she owned it. Now nick off back to youtube...:(|)::(|)

On the subject of new video's for Snotr is there no one else who is able to put them up Geekster? We all have great sympathy for you and your Mums health issue (probably apart from Mrs primtech) but if Snotr doesn't keep putting new video's up people will stop using it and it be finished. As I suggested before could you not simply put up a random selection of video's from a few years ago we get repeats anyway so no one would notice. I notice the classic video of the day still changes so can't you press the x5 button? JJ<3
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+7 16. Geekster (admin) commented 7 years ago

#13 we are not stealing videos, we're actually promoting them. If you are indeed the creator of this video, then you can see that there is the contact info in the corner of the video. You can also see a link on the right hand side that takes you to the original youtube page.

Also, we're not making money of videos from youtube. The site barely makes enough money to cover server costs, thats all. The videos are wholly being submitted by users.

If you are the real owner of this video and want us to take it down, no problem, please write at and prove that you are actually the owner.
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+5 17. ChuckMaurice commented 7 years ago

To support what Geekster said, I discovered Primitive Technology videos through the videos posted here on Snotr and did suscribe to his You Tube channel shortly after. Just saying.
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+2 18. Dennyboy commented 7 years ago

#14. I am, well I think I was:D
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+2 19. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

#18 Descartes...i think.
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+1 20. Dennyboy commented 7 years ago

#19.."I think, therefore I am"
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+2 21. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

#20 Yup, that's the one! :)
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0 22. buckleg08 commented 6 years ago

world ended yet?:D
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+1 23. Judge-Jake commented 6 years ago

Going back to the video, I think the only use for this is to sell it to someone as a garden water feature. The guy could easily stand the other end, lift and drop the log, nothing like enough power and far too slow. Maybe if he could add another water supply going round in a loop so the water took longer to get there he could get it to fill up quicker and maybe attach some more weight to the hammer end. Then attach thin bamboo pipes to bowels under all the nut trees so that they fell straight down the pipes to the hammer bowl. Then he could indeed retire sit in his armchair and smoke his pipe while reading the morning paper. :P
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0 24. buckleg08 commented 3 years ago

he is getting ready for the end of the world...:P
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+1 25. Judge-Jake commented 3 years ago

Can't believe this is four years ago, wonder if it's still cracking nuts, or if the guy is in lockdown with Covid, like the rest of the fecking world. :O
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0 26. buckleg08 commented 3 years ago

I believe he took a pause from this and is doing some work which he cannot disclose as of yet...8-)
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0 27. krazeeeyez commented 3 years ago

#25 geez lockdown. Don't say that word :S
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0 28. Judge-Jake commented 3 years ago

Still cracking nuts.................