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Building a Saxon House with Hand Tools: Front Entrance, Wattle, Walls | Bushcraft Project (PART 6)

Building a Saxon House with Hand Tools: Front Entrance, Wattle, Walls | Bushcraft Project (PART 6)

[Applause] [Applause] [Laughter] welcome folks to Saxon house part 6 I remembered the part this time we're working on the gable ends and we've actually been doing some weaving for the wattle for the wattle and daub walls which is going to be coming up in an episode soon that is over at the back he's just doing the kind of rear gable end we're keeping it quite simple when it comes to the gable ends we're just going to use sticks that I've had at the bushcraft camp it's all recycled it's already pretty much pre-cut where I used it at the bushcraft camp and it just makes sense to just use that wood rather than cut down you know more trees and things like that which we haven't done so far so we're getting there it's all dead wood so it's quite hard to work with but we're making progress we're making progress and we're enjoying it learning very much a lot along the way as we do today we've got Jack's with us as well my little dog Jack's he's a little Jack Russell terrier and he's at the moment he's doing exactly what Terriers do which is digging around and some logs and a big log pile over there he's probably looking for mice and rats and things like that but yeah we're really excited about this project as finally were able to see the kind of house like structure now that the Saxons would have built I believe most of their traditional gable ends would be vertical logs that would have been split wood from the ones that I've seen but as I say we're kind of doing this with our own little twist on it so we're going with horizontal logs and actually at the back we're going with vertical logs so you know we're at that thing and we're changing where we can just want to say a massive thank you to everyone tuning in I really appreciate it and to all those guys who commented in the previous video about the ancestry and the DNA where we talk through our DNA and things like that that was really interesting to see your ant ancestry and your backgrounds so thank you very much to everyone for commenting on that I really appreciate you engaging in this series you know it's great to see your opinions and your you know your thoughts on the video really so here is the progress that we have made for part 6 I believe it is of the saxon house built previous part was the battening all the laughs up there and then previously before that think was the rafters so we've made a fair amount of progress now you can see this is our front end have our doorway put in there and this is all Scots pine and then we've got our gable kind of gable end there really which is just the standard look cabin look really so that's what we're going for we've got we are we are going to put some form of a small door in there at some point this is the wattle that we started and we haven't done this specifically historically correct certainly not even properly because we should have done this with green wood in particularly hazel would have been the best ones to use we've been using just offcuts really of Scots pine and birch that are lying around the woodland the problem with this is it's very brittle because it's pretty much dead though we didn't go for much green stuff it's very brittle so it snaps which is why we've only gone for short sections this really isn't the way to do wattle and daub at all it's just a very basic way of putting sticks between two other sticks this is not proper wattle but we're going with it and we're gonna see how it turns out because again we don't have any hazel in this area now because we've not done this traditionally you know with with green hazel it means that it's gonna make our life a bit harder when it comes to putting the clay onto the wattle itself so we kind of shot ourselves in the foot there but the reason being is like I explained at the beginning of the series we're trying to use all of the resources that are in this particular area this is basically a Scots pine full of Scots pine in this area it's coniferous forest with the odd silver birch there's some chestnut and then behind me is basically a load of mature beech so we can't really use much of that within material there is no thin saplings like a coppice around here so we're going with what we've got which is basically dead pine and there's plenty of it so that's what we're going to try and do we're adapting we're doing what they would have done what our ancestors would have done and used the materials that are around them and then probably where they they would have decided a better site to be honest to build their structures they wouldn't have built it somewhere like here where there's not as many resources they would have gone to somewhere where there's plenty of resources so we're just going with the flow that's what we're doing we're going with the flow this is our wattle wall and it goes all the way around the basically the bottom third almost of the house it goes all the way around the house including the back that will be the next episode gonna be fun we're gonna be getting some play and we're gonna be dorming up that wattle and hopefully it sticks and that's gonna be a fun one that's gonna be enjoyable say yes stick around I hope you enjoy the rest of the episode we have war wounded over here dad's got an injury haven't you yeah yeah anybody had bad backs and and a bad next site oh crap the neck rolling like this and go farther and farther about looking down stairs down the landing or about 20 feet and some it must have clicked not good news walking like Robocop now and I'm peeled up to the eyeballs and he's got me working against it I'm not such a liar you're better off working off a lot of time I'm not one to lay on the city for three days well I've always said I was going to come here on my own today and he just said no I'm coming that's it so this is our doorway we built this today he didn't worry because don't forget we can duck down because we're gonna put my way down and look at that now you were in there look at the roof space you've got exactly that I mean that's you your hand going up there as well up above six foot he's got a tape measure watch out he's got the tape measure don't do your naked no good pitch on the roof i thing look at that angle I think it's a really good pitch do you want me to go down to read it you can read it space in there it's eight feet to the height that's good isn't it no party well that means well that means though is we've got even more roofing material to get but yeah look at the space in there looks great plenty for two people isn't there bearing in mind you're cooking we'll be outside yeah so you can have easily for people I think it was twelve twelve was in there somewhere which is wit 12 by 10 I think we went with or something like that look at that I'm really impressed with the pitch of the roof that that we've done and so what you've been working on around the back here so we gonna have a look at it we got filling the top just here you ever got that second you know the thing is you could put a piece across say 8 feet long usually the angle sloping car and the square cut yeah I'm really piling on but no these still require the same cuts and doing it's a lot of work so we got to finish up you know doing all the the wattle yeah don't want to let the bottom there so that's gained time consumed if you have to go off in the forest and find it and because Mike had that huge book bushcraft came with a hunting Tower here before he's cleared an area of rubbish fall down stuff so you've got go further and further so and this is bigger and bigger trouble yeah so same thing all this is almost bushcraft come if you look in these push craft yeah that's all I'm saying it's all recycled wood this is the same wood under tarp up there trying to keep it dry Jax is here to help us today in the years he's been batting been ratting so there's obviously mice or rats yeah coming into the late spring early summer so no real ways that's all road cut ok so not too worried about these gaps here because it's late spring early summer as we're building this so ventilation doesn't go amiss maybe in the winter we'll get all this done with clay and straw yeah get it all filled out stop any drafts I'm gonna get fired T going I think dad I think so yeah yeah Jax is with us today meeting about thank you so much guys for watching episode 6 really appreciate it hope you're enjoying the series we've had a good good build for the last there's been two days I think we've spent doing this is taking two half day so two half day so a full day overall and we're hoping to make some progress for the next episode like I say it's going to be clay hopefully wattle and daub traditional wattle and daub we've never really done that style before so we we don't know how it's gonna pan out I wonder who's gonna do the water and who's gonna do the dog yeah it should be good fun but without Jax with us today he think good actually he's not mean too bad as he won no noise one monk Jack yeah right ripping across the woods but luckily he's he's alright a TV pretty kid oh yeah he's getting bit all the nice three years old so he's getting a bit more mature but he's also getting a bit more into that hunting aspect of he was all over the log store absolute must be nice in there he does it just wants to go off on his own and just go exploring but as you can see it's much we're making progress it's almost almost time for the roof which is going to be a monster project probably the biggest bit yet but the walls will be next thank you so much for watching this episode guys really appreciate it don't forget subscribe to Dad's Channel ta fishing there's gonna be a link in the description below and any other information if you guys by the way we really appreciate the feedback so yeah comment to good so please please do comment it helps it also helps I think with the YouTube algorithm somehow but if you if you enjoyed the video please give it a thumbs up and hit the subscribe button if you maybe not subscribe to hit the subscribe buttons take the little Bell notification so you can get and know basically get notified whenever we upload the next episode on ta outdoors and yeah drop a comment let us know your feedback on what you think of the series or what maybe what you'd like to see here and also suggestions for roofing material we've got a couple of mind but we'd like to know your thoughts on what should we use for the roof what material yeah what materials shall we use for the roof thank you so he's falling asleep in midair then I know the feeling thanks so much for watching guys and we will see you in the next Saxon house episode wave to the people you

Reader Comments

  1. I'm an answer behind, but Fathers side English, Mothers side German Dutch. I favor Dads side. Your Vid's are Great. Looking forward to the next !!!

  2. I'm disappointed, you didn't cook. My wife and I enjoy to see what and how you cook. Great job on the house guys, I'm very jealous. Hope to start a project of my own.

  3. Project is going well and I’m enjoying the series! Just wondering how secure the the horizontal gable logs are? I’d be worried they might pop out since they are only press fitted.

  4. Though not essential (obviously) for the kind of work you are doing, two simple tools will make your work easier, and your results neater. These are a broad axe (or broad hatchet) and adze: tools in common use during the period you are emulating, and throughout the western world during pioneering and modern-transitional periods of development. Both tools serve similar purposes within different contexts and positions of bodily mechanics, especially for flattening and finishing log surfaces. The broad hatchet especially, being beveled on one side only, is a handy tool— bearing in mind that it should be wielded with the bevel down: facing the wood surface. This keeps your cut or swipe always trending up or back out of the working surface instead of digging in, and prevents taking off more than you want to accidentally and leaving perpendicular gouges in the wood. It also makes for smoother cuts during the chopping process, relieving the recoiling strain on the worker's arm.


  5. If you have any sawdust, it can be mixed with your mud clay for your roof. Once your roof is done, layer a bit of earth and throw grass seeds on top.Just an idea. Apparently it's the most natural type of roofing. Some people make bricks out of it, could be good for the exterior ground level of your Saxon House. I'm sure you're familiar with this. It's looking good. Love Jax!

  6. I love you guys, your doing a great job wish I could be there with you. You asked about ancestry, I'm. ScotIrish on my fathers side, English and Cherokee on my mother's side. Maybe try building a Wigwaum/ i/e teepee.

  7. So why was bark left on horizontal logs at gable end wall after all you said about this drawing insects to them with bark remaining on the logs?

  8. Hey there I’ve been looking forward too your videos your always busy doing something in the woods with your dad I think your dad is awesome and funny keep up the good work on your videos 👍

  9. I have a Jack Russell myself. His name is Rooster. He's a contrary 14 human years and 100 some years old in dog years. Still a pissant, bless his heart. He sleeps most of the day and the rest he pees on things and grumbles.

  10. I love this series! I think my favorite parts are the interactions between you and your Dad. Whatever he lacks in "Craftmanship" he more than makes up for in raising fine young man.

  11. I'm sure you have already thought of it Mike, but I think to celebrate the finish you, Dustan and your Dad should have a night with a monster feast and some beer. 👍🔥🔥🍺

  12. Been watching since the viking house. Great vids gives me ideas for NM and WY. I go back and forth living in my RV.

  13. The relationship you have with your dad is what i want with my little boy in years to come. Some wholesome stuff going on on this channel you've earned yourselves a new sub

  14. It really is amazing father and son building traditionally, it's nice to see you a greeting from the Argentine South.

  15. Absolutely loving this series! Came here from the Viking house, had to subscribe and notify straight away. I might add one recommendation, to not use the clay on the outside! While it would definitely work for insulation, I much preferred the aesthetic quality of the bare wood of the Viking house without it – or maybe it could be done just on the inside? Anyway, big fan xxx

  16. I would really love to know what the song is you use in the intro/outro, it has such a great mood!

  17. For the roof I suggest using clay to make tiles with a clay or wood hook at the bottom face and a divot for the hooks to cling onto each other on the bottom of the top face. That probably looks really confusing haha but it will keep water out and gives it a neet look

  18. You might consider doing the roof next, instead of the walls. The roof will protect the walls from eroding. The roof will be AMAZING protection, because the ends go so close to the ground. I love you guys. 🙂

  19. Throws me of that the door isn’t central, love the build tho and seeing the dog run around was brill. Keep up the good work.

  20. I’d go for thatching it in pine boughs or making a wattle of sorts and then layering pine boughs and earth on top? And for daubing the actual walls, if you mix pine needles into it it should help it stay strong and stable.

  21. Hi. Greetings from the east coast of Canada. I have been watching your channel for quite some time now end enjoy it thoroughly. I have to say that the best part is to see how great a relation you have with your father. You are a lucky man. The builds are great too don't get me wrong. Cheers.

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