Thatch Roof House: Full Bushcraft Shelter Build with Hand Tools | Saxon House
We build a bushcraft saxon house with thatch roof using just simple hand tools. Inspired by anglo saxons, this iron age bushcraft shelter was built by a father and son using natural materials found in the surrounding forest. We used spades to dig a deep pit which was to be the foundations for the bushcraft shelter. The saxons built their houses over pits so that they did not need so many materials for their roof, and also to maintain a consistent temperature inside all year round. We then added four foundation logs to form the perimeter of the house. Using a chisel, we made some simple mortise and tenon joints and built a basic post and beam timber frame structure. We used the drawknife to peel off the bark which helps prevents bugs from eating away at the wood and rotting it quicker. We burnt the ends of the posts that went in the ground using an ancient Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban. This helps to make the wood more rot resistant when it goes into the ground. We then made some rafters and attached these to the frame. For the walls of the house, we used hazel and birch sticks. These are flexible and bent around the upright supports. We sourced some clay and straw and mixed these together and put this on the hazel walls. This is also and ancient technique known as wattle and daub. Once the clay had set hard, we focused on building the front and rear gable ends of the bushcraft shelter. We built these with pine logs, and rather than use vertical logs we used them horizontal to make a more solid structure. This gave the appearance of a log cabin. Now that the whole frame was complete, we built the roof. For the roofing material we used water reed to thatch it. We attached the thatch using hazel spars and liggers and we lashed this to the frame.. Again, a very traditional building method. To cap the ridge off, we built a ridge roll of water reed and then used long straw to form an "A" shape over the ridge. This made sure that water would run off the roof and down the outside of the thatch. To make the structure warmer, we used moss to fill in the gaps in the wall logs. Later we will add clay to this to weather seal it. Once the thatch was on the roof, we dressed it smooth so water would run off easily.
This was a really fun bushcraft project which I did with my Dad. We built it over the period of a few months using basic building techniques, some diy and simple hand tools such as: axe, saw, chisel, spade, auger, drawknife and a few others. Thank you for watching.
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Watch all of our Historic Builds inspired by our Ancestors: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxnadpeGdTxD9oAbeZcYKiGO7p3gIXmuZ The inspiration for this build came from the Anglo Saxons who occupied Britain during the 5th to the 11th centuries. Anglo Saxon England was early Medieval England, existing from the end of Roman Britain (43 to 410 AD) until the Norman conquest in 1066. It consisted of various Anglo-Saxon kingdoms until 927 when it was united as the Kingdom of England by King Æthelstan. Traditional Saxon homes were built from wood, using thatch as roofing material. It was also common for them to dig a pit and build their house on top of this. This allowed the temperature inside the home to remain more consistent year round, but it also meant that they could use less resources to build upwards. The houses only had one room where people ate, cooked and slept. The villages were built near natural resources. The villagers needed food, water, fuel for heating and cooking and materials for their homes and clothes. The natural resources had to provide the villagers with what they needed to survive. We built this house to match an Anglo Saxon house as best as possible, using only simple hand tools and the natural resources we could get. The frame is built from pine (not ideal as it is a soft wood and can rot quickly, hence why we burnt the ends of the foundation poles). The walls were made with wattle and daub (the wattle being hazel sticks and the daub being clay, mud and straw mix which sets hard when dry. The thatch roof was made with water reed called triticale which is a hybrid of wheat and rye. Triticale combines the yield potential and grain quality of wheat with the disease and environmental tolerance of rye. This project was done by myself and my dad. There is a link to each individual episode of the series in the video description. Including much more talking and information! Thank you very much for watching. Please subscribe if you enjoyed this. – Mike
At this rate, in a few years there will be a small medieval ghost town in that forest.
Doesn’t have to be a ghost town – there’s always airbnb…!
@SeaJay Oceans thumbs up, I disagree, but that’s funny!
@TheVeritie I’d rent a cabin
Train the homeless, give them tools, just maybe they will get a clue
In an age when people never shut up, over an hour of zero chat is absolute bliss. Great job on the house and very well shot also.
Thank you, good Sir
James Boswell well said.
youve obviously never watched his dads fishing videos
what age did they shut up or hit the mute button duh
Ya, exactly 👍✝️
You guys are building a really nice old tool collection. I love to see them at work again.
55:27 was that a sneeze or a spitting out of accidental mud to the mouth lol. Whatever it was it got a chuckle out of me.
This makes me want to build my own old house with a fireplace and chimney. This makes me less worried about ever becoming homeless.
The onset of COVID-19. 🤪😝
What in the blistering chucklefuck is this comment section.
24:30 Did you hear that?!?! He made a sound!!!
EDIT 42:40 There it is again!!
Thank you sooo much for sharing this stoneold knowledge building a weatherproof shelter. Sure it will be useful for the audience. Crafting with dad ist a special experience on top on its own. Carry on like this, thumbs up from germany 🇩🇪
Beautifull, i love !!!!
Can’t believe I just watched the whole thing….oh wait yes I can 😆 SUPERB job you guys 🙏 I love this channel so much, such a therapeutic nature about videos like this, no pun intended lol
I was 53 minutes and 28 seconds into this video before realising not a single word had been said on camera – this project was that interesting to watch! (And I’m a girl, not some bush-crazy dude! 🙂 ). In fact, no voice is heard until 1:13:20 and even then it’s quiet talking between the two guys far away from the mike. Bliss! The craftsmanship ‘speaks’ for itself! Well done!
I enjoy watching you, doing that all….greetings from germany….Chris
For the last decade, I haven’t watched TV, only youtube. In that 10 years, I have probably seen 50,000 youtube videos. I promise for me, this is one of the top 5 videos I have ever seen. I payed close attention and even rewound some parts to watch again. Thank you Gentlemen for sharing this “lost” knowledge. I will watch this again with my sons. By the way, I think your Pops may have outworked you.
with that fortnite picture i wouldn’t be surprised if YOU are 10 years old
I love watching this father and sontean up to build…their awesome
Wow. That has got to be the coolest grilling/cooking system I’ve ever seen at 34:10. You can easily just add fuel as you need without having to mess with your food.
The fire heated wok or grill gadget, where did you find it?
Glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed that grill. It looks super awesome and is probably great for camping. Now, where to buy it…
It’s really one of the best videos I’ve ever seen on you tube, very interesting indeed and most of all they don’t say even a word, really relaxing. Thank you very much for sharing.
22:33 their axes hit at the same time for like three seconds
What do you do with your builds when you’re done?
Oh the pupper! 😍
49:41 I think I saw big foot to the far right of the woods 🤣
3 days in and i’d still be making the saw horse frame
Interesting how they strip off the bark.. running the blade towards yourself.
Be careful! 🤕