Native Bush Construction

Level: 3


  • Assist in setting out the ground of a simple house squarely and accurately.
  • Assist with choosing and cutting proper timber from the bush for posts, floor, rafters, wall plates, studs, steps, and doors.
  • Do the following:
    • Plait local materials for walls.
    • Make sections for a wall 1m x 1m and show two different wall patterns.
  • Show ability to thatch a roof correctly, especially the ridge and hips, using kunai grass, sago palm leaves, coconut palm leaves, or any other materials.
  • Where applicable, select, prepare, and use vines for tying and lashing.
  • Take part in building a house not less than 4m x 2m using native materials. In building the house practice all requirements 1-5. Show while building the house that you have taken measures to keep it free from termites.
  • Demonstrate ability to name, use, and care for the following tools: ax, saw, hammer, chisel, bush knife, ruler, and tape spade.

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