The summer lodge is made of bark from white spruce, caribou hide, and birch bark. The white spruce bark is wrapped around the bottom of the frame. Caribou hide is then slipped over the top of the bark. See caribou hide covering (figure 2) for a discussion about how to sew the caribou hide together. See birch bark covering (figure 3) for instructions about how to prepare the birch bark covering for the top.
The skins are sewn together with strings of hide. The number of skins used depends on the size of the house. The upper part of the covering consists of skins cut in half and sewn onto the other whole skins. Old hide, the kind that is also used for patches on moccasins, is used for the top. The ends of the covering have strings, which are used to tie the covering onto the poles of the frame. Loopholes are made at the bottom of the covering to be tied to stakes that encircle the house.