Building a Viking Turf Roof House: Roof Frame – Bushcraft Project (PART 2)


Building a Viking Turf Roof House: Roof Frame - Bushcraft Project (PART 2)

We continue building the bushcraft viking house. Before we build the turf roof, we needed to build a frame solid enough to be able to take the weight of the turf. For this we used woven hazel sticks or hazel hurdles as they are called. I made a few small log cabin notches on some rafters so that they would sit flush to the ridge pole and support beam. These were then lashed to the timber frame. The hazel hurdles were then put on top and lashed to the frame of the roof. I have one side of the roof going down to the ground, and the other only half way. This is not just for aesthetics, it also allows more room in the shelter for a raised bed or storage area. In the previous episode I cut some logs up with the bushcraft axe and burnt the ends of them to help make them rot-resistant when they are in the ground. At the top of the posts I used a chisel and made some mortise and tenon joints to make the whole structure more secure. The frame still needs some form of purlin support and some wind braces, but the basic frame structure is now complete and ready for the turf roof which we will put on in the next episode!

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