Building a Saxon House with Hand Tools: THE PIT | Bushcraft Project (PART 2)


Building a Saxon House with Hand Tools: THE PIT | Bushcraft Project (PART 2)

We continue building a bushcraft saxon house using hand tools. In part 2 we dig a pit and make log walls for the perimeter of the saxon house. We use a 100 year old hand tool called a mattock to help dig through the soil. We then used a shovel and spade to get through the soil layer and down to the gravel. Using some logs that we cut with an ancient cross cut saw in the previous episode, we built a perimeter wall and used the axe to make stakes that would secure the foundation logs in place. By using these pine logs as walls like the beginning of building a log cabin, we don’t have to dig down as deep and it gives us extra depth to the saxon pit house. These logs will hopefully help to insulate the pit house and prevent the soil from eroding into the pit over time. We spent the whole day digging this pit, with only a half an hour break for lunch where we got the camp fire going and boiled up a tea by the pallet wood cabin.
In Part 3 we will be building the timber frame for the anglo saxon house. We will use traditional roundwood framing techniques and various woodworking hand tools to secure the frame to the house in place. We will then build the roof and gable ends, perhaps a door as well as fire pit and raised beds inside the house.

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