Vermont 2011 Yurt Building Workshop

Bruce Sargent contacted me about a Yurt building workshop he will be holding in Shaftsbury, Vermont this summer.

Bruce say: I built two 12′ yurts last summer each, with 12 students, and each, in two days, start to finish and up. I’ll be offering the lessons learned in a workshop this summer. Course details at  Minimal cost on a sliding scale $225-$185. The 12′ yurt design is simple and uses ordinary lumber and simple sail maker technology to make a waterproof roof (polytarps cut to shape and jointed with double sided carpet tape hammered down with rubber mallets). Material cost of each 12 foot yurt was $421.83 using Pex for a dome or about $771.83 using a plastic dome. There are pictures of the classwork at the blog at older posts from the workshop announcement.

Yurts have sheltered people since Heradotus wrote histories 2000 years ago. With minimal woodworking skills, a home of complex and magical beauty can be made at an amazingly modest cost, (roughly one tenth of the cost of a Yurt kit). In this workshop, you will gain an experience that will allow you to make your own yurt of any size and any design. This course will lead you through building walls, door frames, rafters, roof rings, roof ring supports, domes, tension bands and coverings. You will gain an experience that will allow you to make your own yurt that meets you needs and matches your dreams.

Workshop Objectives

To learn how to build an ultra simple, green, sustainable yurt
To learn simple power and hand woodworking skills necessary to build a yurt
To experience the magic of wall rods, under tension, shaping walls
To experience the ease and joy of lifting the roof ring skyward and fitting rafters to ring and wall
To see how a yurt cover plays with light
To gain a knowledge that allows you to create your own yurt

Build Your Own Dream Yurt.
Memorial Day Weekend, Friday 4 PM To Sunday 4 PM, May 27-29
Click here for all the details: For Love of Yurts

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S. Munson - February 11, 2011 Reply

When I was in the Peace Corps in Mongolia I lived in a yurt, or ger as they call them. The weather may have been 30 below outside but I was always cozy in my tiny felt home. Yurts are the way to go!

Steven - February 11, 2011 Reply

These workshops seem like no-brainers in that they pay for themselves.

Helen - February 11, 2011 Reply

Looks great and what a setting!

alice - February 11, 2011 Reply

That tarp and tape technique sounds handy for many custom tarp projects. Hmmm . . .

kk - February 11, 2011 Reply

I would love if someone did a workshop like this in the Mineapolis St. Paul area……Hint/Hint…. Does anyone have the specialty knowledge and place to do this? I would especially if it was set up so we could build a yurt for ourselves as I don’t normally have all the tools a and a place to work on it.

Cheryl - February 12, 2011 Reply

I have always liked yurts and thought of having one someday. Does anyone know how long they last? I need something permanent that wouldn’t need replacing at some point.
Workshops are a GREAT idea.

Deek - February 12, 2011 Reply

Vermont- PERFECT setting for it too- and in late May its just starting to get nice/warmer up that way.
I’ll eventually post all of my workshop (July 9th- MA) details as well- hands-on small-shelter/house building skills/project, with demos from Alex Pino, Author Mimi Zeiger, myself, and Dustin Diedricksen, an open house of three micro-cabins, and “The Whittled Down Caravan” will be on site for an open houses solar cooking, a bonfire-discussion at night, etc…
One day- 14 hours- $195.00- some free books, materials, and all meals will be included.

Bruce Wm Sargent - February 13, 2011 Reply

There is nobody better than you. You are the best. Thank you for sharing my project.
Bruce Sargent

Kate - February 14, 2011 Reply

I really want to go tot his, but it will be a few years before I’m ready for my yurt.

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