Pioneer Sod House (winter view)

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

  • Available
  • Artist
  • Artwork Comments 30


Cases & Skins

Home Decor



Artist's Description

Location: At FortWhyteAlive our Nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi F stop: F/8.0 Exposure: 1/125 sec. Focal length: 42.0 mm Flash: flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode (16) Dimensions: 2400×1600 Shutter speed (Tv): 7

Featured in:

Shelters #…21 December 2011

The World As We See It, or As You See It…12 December 2011

Pioneer Sod House…Cut from the same earth that provided our food…“It didn’t leak the first day…but it did for three days after”. This would have been a common sodbuster expression. The sod house or semlin (German) was no extravagant home.

It was built quickly (in less than one month) for warmth and for protection from the elemnts during those first prairie winters. The deep root masses of prairie grasses provided the perfect thatch to make sod. Settlers cut sod bricks 36cm (14 inches) wide. 8cm (14 inches) thick with help from an oxen team pulling a breaking or walking plow. The excavated earth created the hollow around which sod bricks would be stacked – the first sunken living room.

Before sod was placed on the roof, tamarack beams and rails would be chinked together with filler such as mud, moss, prairie grasses or bison hair. Although holes were plugged, little visitors like mice, snakes, and bugs were often a common sight.

Sod houses such as this, made for intimate living arrangements. Commonly 6 – 8 family members would have lived in a 12 X 20 foot structure, including two oxen during extreme winter weather!

Artwork Comments

  • Teresa Zieba
  • Larry Trupp
  • Al Bourassa
  • Larry Trupp
  • Digitalbcon
  • Larry Trupp
  • kathy s gillentine
  • Larry Trupp
  • Brian Carey
  • Larry Trupp
  • Cheryl Dunning
  • Larry Trupp
  • Bonnie T.  Barry
  • Larry Trupp
  • Elaine Manley
  • Larry Trupp
  • Leslie van de Ligt
  • Larry Trupp
  • presbi
  • Larry Trupp
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.