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

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Shared January 21, 2019

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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Cat with Knives

“Those two... don’t know how to treat an old man, do they!”

3 months ago | [YT] | 136


You know a video is quality when it needs no music or yakking but you're almost 9 minutes in before you realise that was the first words spoken.

4 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 569

Tom J

Using a crowbar as a chisel?! Sorry, I didn't mean to pry.

3 months ago | [YT] | 211


The forest v1.11 has some good graphics.

4 months ago | [YT] | 323


That four legged site supervisor is working hard i see 😂

4 months ago | [YT] | 540

Rachel Burns

14:20 had me rolling 😂 THeY DoN’t KnOw hOw to tReAt an OLD MAN

3 months ago | [YT] | 46

Valdr Blödorn

The Norseman built many different kinds of shelters with whatever tools and materials that were available. Logs, whale bones, animal skins, peat moss, etc. What you guys are doing is the same. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

4 months ago | [YT] | 255


If anyone is thinking of doing this as well, don't lift with your back like they were, but also, grab a first aid kit that is packed with some of just about everything. It's more of a "just in case" thing, and nobody is above it.

2 days ago (edited) | [YT] | 3


You know it's a Bushcraft video if there's a fire and a dog

4 months ago | [YT] | 219


This is dope, new sub! Thanks for all your very hard work for our entertainment!

4 months ago | [YT] | 6

Ca Hiker

Something about the sound of wood knocking relaxes me. It was like an outdoors ASMR video. Thanks for the upload!

3 months ago | [YT] | 109

Joe Jackson

Dog: This is going to be the best dog house ever. Good work men!

4 months ago | [YT] | 22

Skillet Mage

20:42 Seeing and hearing him quietly skin these logs...This is TOTAL ASMR for me!!! :) Thank you and this is something I have always dreamed of doing myself! Bucket list for sure!

9 hours ago (edited) | [YT] | 0

Doom Ed

why didn't you make a maul hammer for driving stakes in? It hurt my brain seeing you dribe stakes with the axe. big log little log big hammer!

1 month ago | [YT] | 2

Kim Morley

Nowt like a bacon butty after a hard day grafting .

6 days ago (edited) | [YT] | 3

bob won ton

I build custom homes for a living. I would totally enjoy being a part of a crew doing this. I love working with my hands.

3 months ago | [YT] | 49

Dakota bailey

Totally something my dad would do 😂😂😂


20 hours ago | [YT] | 0

Josh H

whats annoying is the sound of cars in the background.. takes away from the notion this is a remote location

3 months ago | [YT] | 7


Плюс если ты из России, не понимаешь что они говорят, но очень интересно 🤔

16 hours ago | [YT] | 0