#bushcraft #shelter #logcabin
5 guys continue to build the frame of this longhouse shelter on my land using cedar logs, cedar saplings, cedar bark for cordage and ash trees for the ridge pole and for the bark siding that will cover the natural structure. Using hand tools, we cut down many dying black ash trees and strip off the bark in huge sheets for natural siding and roofing material.
The ultimate natural shelter that helped native north Americans survive this harsh northern climate for thousands of years is the longhouse, a bushcraft shelter made from logs, saplings and bark, lashed together with natural cordage and heated with central pit fires. Up to dozens of families would live in this primitive hut, with each family sharing a section of the longhouse, sleeping and sitting on a large bed near the ground with tools, clothing and food stored in upper shelves and hanging from the rafters.
Over the fire in front of the oversized wigwam, we spit roast four grass fed beef roasts and a leg of lamb on a maple tripod and spit, smoking the meat all day over a low smokey fire.
In the evenings, we head back to my log cabin for dinner, and cook up a huge skillet of bacon and eggs for breakfast.
Check back periodically, or subscribe, to see us finish the ultimate bushcraft natural shelter and then use it to practice First Nations and European bushcraft skill, including woodworking, tool making, carving, fishing, foraging, harvesting wild game, preserving food, tanning hides and making, clothing and much more.
Thank you to Doug Linker, Jim Baird, Ted Baird, Terry Tran, Scott Way and Joe Donoghue for their invaluable help on this and future projects.
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Doug Linker – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-eOXKXJ2GQ1gewivwNxYKQ
Ted Baird – https://www.instagram.com/ted.baird/
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