Viking House: Full Bushcraft Shelter Build with Hand Tools | Vikings

We build a bushcraft viking house from the viking age using hand tools only. Inspired by vikings, who were very resourceful and created buildings using the natural materials they scavenged around them. We used simple hand tools such as axe, saw, auger, drawknife, bushcraft knife and other simple tools.
To begin with we cut cedar logs from trees that had been felled in the forest. We used an axe and saw to make log cabin notches and built the foundation of the viking house two logs high. We then used the hand auger to build the timber frame. This consisted of 3 large “A” frames. We burnt the ends of the logs in fire to evaporate any moisture and create a rot-proof layer of charred wood which will help to preserve the timber frame foundation when the poles are in the ground. We used a long cedar log as the ridge pole which sits on top of the a frame of the bushcraft shelter. The next stage was building a viking longpit or firepit. This we wanted to make as historically accurate as we could. So we dug a pit about 4 feet long and 2 feet wide. We lined the pit with large stones found in the nearby area. In order to reduce waste of any materials, we used the clay from the pit to secure the stones. We added water to the clay to make it easier to work with and we filled in the gaps between the stones. We then lit a small fire in the pit and let the clay dry out for a few days. At this point we realised we could make our job easier by building a diy saw horse. So we used the drawknife to remove bark from a log (helps to prevent rot). We used the auger to drill four holes for legs and then we made four wood pegs for the top of the saw horse. For the rafters we used more cedar logs and again burnt the ends. It is an ancient japanese technique to preserve wood which is called shou sugi ban.
It was then finally time to build the roof of the house. For this, we peeled the bark off the cedar logs. We then put this on the rafters and secured it with some roofing tacks. We had to be fast when doing this, as the cedar bark shrinks and cracks when it dries. We put it on in layers like roof tiles. We built a wood ladder to get up high on the roof and secure the final bark layers.
Using an axe and bushcraft, we made some wooden wedges and split a few large cedar logs. We then hewed these logs and built a raised viking bed for the inside of the house. We also made some benches to sit near the fire. At the back of the viking house, we built a folding window and support arm so that we could let light into the house and also improve the airflow. We dug an air vent too, to allow more oxygen to get to the fire. To make the shelter more secure, we built a perimeter wall use cedar posts and hazel saplings (also known as wattle wall). To help further improve the airflow inside the shelter, we cut a hole in the roof and built a ridge cap or ridge vent to act like a chimney and let the smoke out. Overall this viking house took about 10 days to build. It was in winter, so we were restricted by daylight hours. This is not a historically correct viking house. Traditional viking houses were built with large timbers that were hewn from big logs. They had large gable ends almost like log cabins and the roof was made from wood shingles. Often they looked like viking longships or longboats and had many decorative viking features. In a viking longhouse, there would be enough room for many people and animals as well. But this was our take on it.
We have done a number of different camping overnight trips in this shelter. We have cooked meat over fire, had great viking feasts and spent many hours keeping warm around the firepit. I hope you enjoyed this vikings inspired bushcraft build. To watch the whole series of individual episodes (where we talk and explain what we are doing) then please follow links below.


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  • Watch all of our Historic Builds inspired by our Ancestors:
    Dark Ages: 476 AD – 1492 (Viking Age: 800 AD – 1066) The Dark Age is often referred to a particular period in Britain. We know it more now as the middle ages, which encompasses the Viking Age. The reason it was called the Dark Ages was because once the Romans left Britain, we kind of went backwards (also, there is little recorded from the history during that time) The Romans built solid buildings, bath houses, roads, sanitation etc. Once they left Britain we went back to basics, building from wood, timber frame etc. This project was inspired by the Vikings who once occupied a large chunk of England. They were resourceful people. The structure we built here is certainly not historically correct. But we did use natural materials that we found in the surrounding woodland. Making the foundation and the frame from straight cedar wood was relatively simple. We used traditional wood pegs to secure the A-Frame. The hard part was peeling the cedar bark for the roof. This involved days of work, and the conditions had to be right to peel the bark (wet weather helped). These trees were not cut down by us, but by the land owner as part of forest management. This meant that we had to be fast to get the bark of the trees whilst they were still relatively green. Any longer and the bark would have dried too much to peel off. We did not anticipate how much the bark would shrink to the roof when it dried. This meant that we were left with a lot of holes. Digging the viking longpit for the fire was also a difficult task. Clay, when wet, is very difficult to dig. However, when wet it is easier to mould and to shape, which made filling in the gaps between the rocks much easier. We probably should have added wood ash and straw to the mix to prevent it from cracking as much from the heat of the fire. Traditional viking houses were much larger than this (especially the famous viking longhouses). The vikings were incredibly resourceful, and that is where we gained the inspiration for this shelter. I hope you enjoy the video. Thank you for watching – Mike

    TA Outdoors June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • 34:34 perspectiv

    TUTY June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Wow that site with all the precut timber was an amazing find…. 😛

    Crow Leon June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • i like the video, very inspired me

    ulie 77 June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • why do they burn most of the edges of the branches at the base of the shelter?

    Johnny Barrick June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Sorry to rain on your parade but Vikings didn't have cameras, so….

    jokes aside this is fascinating to watch

    Niravathu June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • These videos are so relaxing and satisfying to watch

    Kassie D June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • It’s all fun until a wasp makes a nest in there

    Monkeykai 05 June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • No insulation, smokey, not sold on this…

    jb jb June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Why burn the end of those stakes & posts for?

    Lord Bones June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • wonderful tools .

    Yiling Chen June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • The food at the end is what makes a home a home.

    Brandon Battelle June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • 47:55
    Subconsciously counts the legs on the dog x4 👍🏼

    Donnchadh McPáidín June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Amazing you did in the forest

    Piauí Wild June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • In real life is more difficlut than minecraft😂😂

    Guillem Hervas Vela June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Porque queman las maderas ?

    Carlos blaiss June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • How long did it take to build. Why did you burn the ends of the wood. How does the smoke get out of the house with no chimney. Were those metal nails that you used for the bark roof?

    FNMOM 030 June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Some Sasquatch is going to love that place when they’re gone

    SWSIREN June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Anyone in central Illinois want to build a village?

    Caleb Edwards June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • But are they white supremacists? Only joking, this is incredibly impressive. I wish I had friends that would commit to something like this without just getting black out drunk and waking up with hatchet wounds and a few half cut logs.

    Caleb Edwards June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • No talking and the sound of nature is so nice. This video is great for ideas and relaxing at the same time.

    ChacieWhat June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • how would have the vikings done the parts that you used nails for ( the tiling)

    jazz322alllwaysswing June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Ya notaron el sonido 3D? Wow! Hasta el el auricular del móvil se escucha

    omar juarez June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • There are not electric power there.

    JONNY M June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • I like your dog

    killua zoldyck June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • That dog tho

    BallisticCatz June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • wow!

    American Apothecary Kendall June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Plant Trees

    Qui Cai June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Wondering what the 'channel' dug from the fire pit to the outside of the house is for ?

    jimchorley June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Laughs in Indian

    The Expert June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • ワンちゃんかわいい

    サキト June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Dog to humans…Why do you get to play with ALL the sticks? SHARE WITH ME!

    trevorpom June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
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    Medsos Channel June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • The dog is a manager of architecture. Any woman here? I am watching with my husband in Korea. And my husband fell asleep by the sound of wood job. I recommend you built up traditional Han ok house once. hahaha….

    Erica Lovely June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Why the primitive hammer when you have an ax…asking for my dog?

    Pj Couture June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Parents: He’s so addicted to the games, that’s the only thing he loves to do

    Me in quarantine: I wanna build a wooden home

    Smolnel June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Viking ASMR.

    Sinister Smile June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • no chainsaws were used in the production of this viking house

    if there was it was a HUSKIVARA

    Craigs Daddy June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • El🐕😍😍😍

    Valeria Sofía Ortega bedoya June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Wow i wanna meet you guys .my father did all this things .we are Argentinians !!!! You remindee me of my youth living off the grid

    monika madrid June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • what is the hand drill with the stick handle called?
    awesome video

    Pierre Bishop June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Why do they burn the ends of the wood? Curious!

    Grace Filled Southern June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply
  • Great job amazing 🙌

    Jairo Tilleria June 14, 2020 4:32 am Reply

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