Manyan Spring Water Catch This started out as a run-of-the-mill natural spring. Notice, however, that the depression in the center looks man-made once you take a closer look. There are chip marks around the edges. There are also shallow “lips” on either end to filter out debris. It is clearly man made, even though, there is no telling how long ago it may have been done. I am speculating that the small depression at the very end… … was done to wash your hands or the vessel you are using to carry the water. I am firing a clay cup from local sources. Starting a fire. I love this skill, so you will have to bear with me… … as I “crank one out” every time a video calls for it. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Yay, fire. Never gets old, this one. Note to self: fire=hot. Who would have funked it? I let the fire burn down to coals. I hang the piece over to coals to drive all remaining moisture out… … as well as allowing trapped air pockets to expand and even out their pressure gradually. Lowering the piece into the coals. I am building up a “bee hive” around and above my piece. You can do this without any of the wood touching the fragile clay strucutre. A closer look at the cup before the fire really gets going. Look at her go. While I was waiting for the fire to burn down… … made a friend. Mexican red rump tarantula. This one is not mature, yet. They grow to be 6 and, sometimes, 8 inches in diameter. Once, it got a little bit used to being harassed, it let me pet it. The cup is basically done. I just needed to wait for it to cool off overnight. Listening for the sound reveals the cracks, if any. This one turned out great. Water Vine These are thick vines with rough, dark bark. They can be quite long. The cuts have to decisive and quick, so I’m using a machete here. You cut at the top first. Then the bottom. Leveling it off will prevent any leakage. I got almost a half a cup of water form this section alone. This is for emergencies only as it will kill the vine. Water from the Root of the Yaxche The sabah tree is sacred to the Maya. As big as it is, this tree is only about 20 years old. Digging out a root. Her roots reach deep, so you should get water even in a prolonged drought. Cutting a section out. I love the sawback feature on this tool. Place the cup and wait. Well, this is it. Thanks for watching.