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


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

We build a bushcraft saxon house (pit house) with hand tools only. Part 1 focuses on building woodworking stations and digging the pit foundations for the anglo saxon house. The pit house is also known as Grubenhaus across Europe and Germany. With our previous bushcraft viking house project, we started building the viking camp first, without building work stations. Now we take our time and begin with building a woodland workshop. First we choose a site for the foundations of our saxon house. There was a large pine tree in the way so we used a vintage traditional crosscut two person saw to cut it into sections and clear the site. Then we marked out the area for our pit house or grub hut, and began digging the foundations. We then used the saw horse to take the bark off the pine logs using a drawknife. We used a sledge hammer to drive the logs into the ground and then a chisel to create a notch in one of the logs. This will now be our bark peeling station for making rafters for the roof of the saxon house. We also built a log chopping block and axe work station. Much of the wood we will be using is from my old bushcraft camp. We will be adding cast iron cooking and over the fire cooking to this camp series. Part 2 will focus on building a few more woodworking stations and then we will begin on building the anglo saxon house! Thanks for watching and hit subscribe if you want to follow us on the adventure!

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