by Steve Reed
Surely Yurts was established in 2009. I was living in a 20’ yurt in Jeffersonville, Vermont at the time very near to Smugglers’ Notch when a couple friends asked if I could build a yurt for them. They liked our setup so much that they wanted their own yurt to start a new life together focused around a massive garden, a small farm, and producing and serving food at the community kitchen (near Barre, Vermont).
Our First Yurt:
The first yurt we built for a friends in 2009:
After building that first yurt I loved the work so much that I closed my photography studio in town, changed my business plan, and went into the yurt manufacturing industry. I started by designing & building a workshop, traveling and learning from many other yurt builders, building a website, and marketing our product.
Link to recent article about our workshop written by the www.yurtforum.com
Our Workshop in Taberg, New York:
Now in 2014 Surely Yurts has a crew of several part time helpers and one full time manager, we have developed several proprietary technologies and built over twenty five custom yurts for folks all over the North East and I’m proud to say that I now make a full-time living as a professional yurt builder. Last year, I bought a used u-haul box truck for deliveries (included in all sales), and now traveling workshops. We install solar panels and rainwater collection systems for folks and share whatever knowledge we have about our experience living off the grid for the past 5 years.
I currently live in a ten foot yurt at the workshop, but have just bought a ten acre patch of land where we’ll be putting up a 20’ tri-wall yurt connected to two 10’ yurts for my new home this year. I’ve always wanted a round home ever since I was a boy. When I heard about yurts I was already living a nomadic lifestyle traveling for education and so on, so it was a natural fit. When I began living in a yurt with that wide open view of the sky in the center and all that natural light in a round room. I just fell in love with the structure and have devoted all of my time for years now living in yurts and trying to spread the word and help others get into yurts if that is in their dreams too.
My Ten foot Yurt:
This Spring, I will be teaching a 3 day yurt building workshop (Date: TBD begin~May 30) hosted by : The Local Living Venture group in Canton, NY.
Participants will learn to build a 10′ yurt from raw materials and by doing so, hopefully be encouraged to create their own yurts or personal building projects. Please visit the link for more info & to enroll.