Building a Longhouse Pt. 3 with My Self Reliance, Doug Linker &...

Building a Longhouse Pt. 3 with My Self Reliance, Doug Linker & Ted Baird



Me, Shawn, Doug and Ted are back working on the longhouse again for the third time. This time, Ted brought his dog Bella so there were four dogs there in all, our main task was in the barking of the longhouse. In our previous longhouse video, we’d harvested and piled a good amount of Ash bark in the forest to use to cover the structure. (The dogs did do a lot of barking, but unfortunately, not the type we needed to get done).

We started out with a delicious meal of BBQed ribs that Shawn cooked over the fire in his forest kitchen. That’s where we hung out for the most part until the rain stopped. Feeling a little discouraged, we made our way over to the longhouse and discovered that a lot of the bark we’d hung for the walls had curled as it dried and was now very hard, we would have to redo a section of it. Heading into the woods we checked our other bark caches to find that much of it was still pliable, and we discovered dozens of salamanders hiding in between the big sheets of bark. It was a good amount of work to haul all the bark back to the longhouse but before too long we had it all there and began laying the big sheets on the roof. Our moral levels grew as we started to see the roof take shape. Fortunately, the bark we’d cached on the ground wasn’t too dry and it nicely formed over the shape of the roof. Turns out, he pouring rain had been a blessing in disguise as it helped soak the large sheets of bark making them more pliable. That night we hung out around the fire and gorged on fresh-cut french fries, deep-fried chicken wings and a bear roast which we washed down with a couple cold beers. It was a lot of fun!

After breakfast the next morning we continued with the barking routine, covering the walls on one side until we ran out of bark. We’d hoped to get more of it covered and we knew that because the bark doesn’t peel off of the trees at this time of the season, we’d have to wait for the spring or early summer to continue with the barking. Fortunately, though, the roof and one side is completely finished which provides protection from the rain. The next step will be compleating some of the interior work of making sleeping platforms and we hope to spend our first night in it before the snow flies this year.

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Check out the previous two episodes of this longhouse build:

Longhouse Ep. 1

Longhouse Ep. 2

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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.