Building a Viking House with Hand Tools: A Bushcraft Project (PART 1)

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We build a bushcraft viking house in the woods using hand tools only. Part 1 focuses on cutting the cedar logs for the foundations of the viking house. The foundations are only going to be two cedar logs high. The hand tools we use are an axe, saw, hammer, and wrecking bar. We begin by using an axe and saw to create saddle notches to make the log cabin foundation. We are only building the foundation two cedar logs high, because the timber frame of the roof will come right down to the forest floor. We use 10 logs overall for the foundation of the viking shelter. We burned the ends of the support stakes using Shou-Sugi Ban. An ancient wood preserving technique invented by the Japanese. It helps to evaporate any moisture in the wood and creates a sealed, protective layer to help prevent it from rotting as quickly. Cedar is pretty rot proof and is often used in Log Cabin building. We cook up some food over the fire and then finish the foundation of the Bushcraft Viking House in the woods.
In Part 2, we will be focusing on building the timber frame of the structure. Using cedar logs and hand tools. We hope to build a viking long pit, raised beds, a door and a porch. Eventually we hope to cook venison and other food over the open fire inside the viking camp. Thanks for watching and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the next episode!

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42 COMMENTS

  1. didn't people start building their houses in open fields cause there was all the grain growing and everything? building one in the middle of a forrest doesn't make sense after 1000s

  2. In case you ever want to make Armor for Your Wife and want it to be Viking. Watch this video on YouTube here's the Title "Arming a Viking Lady for the Battle. "Shieldmaiden" Leather Armor"

  3. научите ребят пользоваться скобелем и стаместкой. а то просто зубы сводит когда видишь как они мучаются.

  4. Wow that brings back memories from 20 years ago when a couple of friends and I used an abandoned and overgrown military facility (huge area, only a bit of it actually used/build on) to look for earth hills, trees and pretty much everything else you could build some kind of small shelter from. It usually took us 2 or 3 weeks to build one up and as soon as it was done, we used it to make campfire bbq while looking for the next tree or hill or ruin we could turn into a shelter … did it for around 3 years, none of them ever collapsed and as we stopped, we had build around 8 or 9 shelters of differing sizes and types.

    I'd say the most ingenius one was an old drainage trench, around 3 meters deep, we build a roof from tree logs, sealed it with some kind of basic plaster (muddy clay + gras/hay), filled the roundish excevate up with earth to flatten it out and used boards from 5 meter high doors from a machining hall to build actuall walls and a door, also sealed with that plaster. As the drainage trench wasn't even active anymore, we used that one as kind of a base of operation for future endevors 😀

  5. I've watched most of your videos and love them. Makes me wanna go outside and start hacking and burning stakes, but I don't think my neighbors would take too kindly to it! I love the music in your videos, especially the soundtrack in this one. Who is/are the artist? I would love to have that music!

  6. I'm ignorant of what the fire does to the wood poles? Does it preserve it somehow?… Never mind… Just got to that point. Nice.

  7. My family’s original home is still part of my uncles house. On the ends of each log the wood was burned. Not to a char. Just burned enough to blacken the wood. Is there any reason why this was done? It is the same way with the hand hewn 12 x 46 beams that hold up the original barn. The wood in this video seems to be burned much more. It’s the closest I’ve seen to anything like the log cabin that my families original house was built like though.

  8. I wonder is that saw a silky    or Japanese draw back    what da heck is that   and is it less than 300 us dollars    ????

  9. I wish brits could get access to pickups as easily as the rest of the work I know Alex Steele has a Ford ranger but I wish I could’ve helped you guys out I have a about a 7 1/2 foot bed of space for materials 4 wheel drive to navigate terrain and a tool box to keep extra goodie like chains come alongs etc.

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