First you gotta make tools out of stone. It doesn't take long to make a crude knife and hammer - don't let anyone tell you different. Find two
different looking dry stones and smash em together (if yer out there might as well act savage. lol... no it's less energy consuming/safer to throw a
rock at another to break). The one that breaks is your knife, the other is your hammer. Shape your knife using your hammer and an 'anvil stone'.
Make the 'knife' long or make another long knife for cutting 5-6 inches into wood...
Next, you need containers. A bowl, a couple cups, and a funnel. You can use suitable stones or wood. Find a tree. Hammer your knife into the bark.
Remove bark. Hardwood (oak, maple, beech) works best, but if you cant hammer your knife into the tree fairly easily, find a different tree or fix
your knife. Carve out a section - the easiest way is to, depending on size, drill inwards to a point. Kick out. Repeat 3 times. Carve one into a
bowl for boiling (2 inch thick tops), 2 into cups for scooping and drinking, and carve another into a funnel - a small/thin funnel with small end is
Next make a fire pit. Dig out plantation, or build on sandy rocky shore. Dig a little hole to place in fuel or surround with rocks. Scavenge for
some twigs and dry leaves for kindling, larger branches for fuel. Take a piece of the bark and a stick and loosely packed leave kinglingg around
stick pointing into wood. Twist vigorously until you get heat going. Blow kindling. Add to small sticks once hot in fire pit. Add kindling until
brances start up. Keep adding branches. You can also rub mud/clay on the exterior of boiling bowl for better life expectancy/protection.
Find some dry sand, sift through it to search for nesting, feces, or anything else that looks gross. Fill up your funnel. If you need, find a rock
suitable to plug the end. To be safe, dry the rocks in the sun until you get thirsty. If youre already parched and dont know what kind of plants
around to eat for a quick fix, or are worried about contaminated water, then well, good luck.
Scoop water with one cup, pour through funnel into bowl. Put bowl over fire (there are wonderous things you can do with a tripod or a sawhorse like
set up if you carve holes in your bowl to hold up with twine.
Boil fully for 60-90 seconds. Remove from heat, cool, drink. If you can cover it effectively with a wood top, hold pot partially in stream to get it
cold. I wouldn't do it unless you have a water-proof burnt mud/clay finish on it. Probably your best bet for up to 2ish hours work for safe water.
Toss sand into creek down stream, rinse out funnel and boil in water for 60 seconds to clean.
These simple tools will go a long way out there. Keep them in pristine functioning condition or replace, using the same section of the same tree.
Eventually you'll cut it down. Now you can make a canoe, arrow shafts for your bow you should already have, axe/spear hafts, etc.
[edit on 22-8-2009 by shanerz]