Picture of Making a water canister with fire

We live in a time of big cities, electronics, and waste. In a world where we've lost our bond with nature and the respect that comes with it. But we've also the knowledge that we gained from living with nature that is still used by indigenous tribes. Knowledge we can implement in our daily life, such as medicine, making techniques and managing food waste. This is the reason why it's important to preserve this knowledge and pass it onto the next generations

I started researching about indigenous knowledge, focusing on making techniques. I found a technique used for the first canoes/boats ever found, dating back to 8000 BC. In this technique, hot coals were used to carve out tree trunks to make canoes. A beautiful technique were patience is the most important ingredient for success. A virtue that is lost in our modern society. Using this technique I made a water canister that we can use in our daily life, and also solves the problem of our plastic waste from water bottles. By making and using this canister in our daily life this knowledge will survive.

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Step 1: Tools and materials

Picture of Tools and materials

To make the canister you need coals, a place to put your coals, tongs to pick up the hot coals, a sharp knife for carving the wood and a wood saw. Then you need a log of hardwood approximately 23 cm high and 12 cm wide. The wood shouldn't be too dry otherwise it will crack and the end result won't be that good. And you also need a strong stick to get the burnt wood out of the log.

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Sio Design (author) 10 months ago

Wow 30.000 Views, never expected this. Thanks for all the positive reactions.

Tex Arcana9 months ago
pictures, please
Garadin9 months ago

I'm going to do this, so I can try aging small quantities of alcohol in various woods. It's a tiny charred barrel! Genius!

Sio Design (author)  Garadin9 months ago

What a great idea, Good luck.

What do you use to seal the inside and keep it from rotting?
Paravival10 months ago

Awesome I'm going to have to try this. Pats fan? Same here!

Sio Design (author)  Paravival10 months ago

He thanks, but not really Pats fan. Just bought it when I visited America, just liked the logo and the colors. Place where i'm from we are fans of the other football

good guy 82610 months ago

Please be cautious! Lye is made by soaking ash in water for extended periods of time. Make certain to clear all of the ashes out before use.

Sio Design (author)  good guy 82610 months ago

He thanks for the warning didn't know that.

jadekorrin10 months ago
What do you use to seal the inside?
hdmotorc10 months ago
Great time killer love it
wsecomp10 months ago

Good job. Is there one type of wood over another that is suggested?

Also, a pair of quick spelling fixes in your instructions: You want to use "lid" to describe the top piece, not "lit" (which means ignited); and I think you mean to use "depth" instead of "debt" (which means to owe someone).

cisto wsecomp10 months ago

Also, "waste" not "waist", though if you're talking about America there is a whole lot of "waist" out there that is result of the waste we eat.

Sio Design (author)  wsecomp10 months ago

He thanks for spelling fixes, but for the wood I used for test and the final product, oak , spruce, and birch. So for these I know that they work. But I think an other good hard wood would also work.

cisto10 months ago

It would make a great cup for mate (ma-`Tay). Probably takes some time, but the end product is attractive. Nice post.

Gamer Guy10 months ago

Great job! I have not seen something like this before, although I have heard about the canoes carved with fire. I have always been curious about how it was done. Thanks, and nice job!

a.steidl10 months ago

Cool project, love ancient tech, tried, tested, and true for thousands of generations. :)

厨房狂人10 months ago
really nice product
ThatKnottyguy10 months ago
VERY nicely done! Love it!
fantine10 months ago

This is what 'ibles should be: skills, effort and creativity. Each of us who tries this will come out with an original. Thank you!

bigmikes10 months ago

Well Done!

and depite the speling i waz able to understnd it all too!


ferjanyen10 months ago

A very nice instructable!!! where ever you come from, thanks for showing it to us.Would like to make a comment though, for the purist your methode is fine but do you think that we could make one of this containers with a blow torch?? the heat for burning the hollow would be more controlable! thanks again and keep burning!

lbrewer4210 months ago

GREAT 'ible. Do yourself a favor and look up Tom Brown online. Years ago I started to learn things like this b/c of his books. I had a friend who visited his wilderness school. Years ago Tom was taught how to live off the land/wild by an Apache Indian tracker that he called "Grandfather." I have used much of this knowledge for my own fun in survival camping.

DeeRilee10 months ago

Wonderful! I was aware of the use of coals while making a dug out canoe...never would have occurred to me to make a container! Now I can think of other items...bowl, cup!

Aswa10 months ago

I love your drawings and the video, it's very comprehensible as is!

And to those complaining about his spelling: Why don't you, instead of just nagging, kindly offer your help to proofread his 'ible for him?
This man is obviously not a native English speaker. So many people take it for granted that they speak English and get to read and understand so much on the Internet, and in the real world, too.
He could have just written it in Dutch -- and then you still would have understood the gist, thanks to his well-done sketches and video.
Have some appreciation!

dropkick10 months ago

I've seen this method used to make dug-out canoes. Never thought about using it to make a water container. Neat.

mfrontuto10 months ago

would a regular heavy duty ground fan work for giving it constant air as well?

m3harri10 months ago

Waste not waist

camping crazy10 months ago

This is very neat!! I have made spoons with this method before but did not think it would work with something so deep. Do you think you could make a bowl like this?? Thanks for posting!!

1000 years ago entire canoes were made like this;
so a bowl? no problem!

Sio Design (author)  camping crazy10 months ago

Yea I think you can. You only should put more coals in the middle. The process will be the same.

Misac-kun10 months ago

If I knew this technic some years ago...

darcilamb10 months ago

Cool! You could make a killer indoor planter this way. Thanks for sharing!

ccannon710 months ago

Thank you for the instruction and pictures. I think..... Even an old lady like me can do most of this myself. {:0)

ABDRULE10 months ago
I think I might have to give it a try. ignore all the negative people keep up the good work and keep on creating.
doitduo10 months ago

I really love the concept of this DIY. It seems like it would take hours and hours to complete. Keep up the good work, and keep on top of your English and you'll be writing in our language in no time man. Hey stop by my website if you want and tell me if you see anything you like!

jexner10 months ago
That's amazing! Thanks for sharing :)
billiard1610 months ago
I understood your instructions. I also appreciate you taking the time and effort to share. I thank you.
fazgard10 months ago

Thanks for the working concept, good drawings.

codongolev10 months ago

great instructable, and great drawings. the whole instructable could've been drawings and I'd have understood perfectly.

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