If you haven’t been a reader here for very long, you might not know that back in 2013, I made a 16 foot diameter yurt (ger) with my husband. I wanted to try “large” felting and decided a yurt would be a good idea. It was a real learning experience and a ton of work but I had a good time and we ended up with a yurt (ger). Click on any of the links in the post to read the original post which goes into the details of how it was made.
The yurt began with buying 200 pounds of wool in March of 2013 and getting it processed. You can read all about it in my post “Wool Gathering”.
Then we moved on to building the frame. “Yurt Beginnings” explains how we handled the lattice walls.
We continued working on the walls with drilling, sanding and figuring out how it all went together in a big lattice puzzle. In my post, “Sanding and Being Confused”, you can read more. Then another update about the wall is in the post “Wall Success”.
Then in August, I finally started felting. The photo above shows my sample for thickness and shrinkage which you can read about here.
Next we started working on the roof structure which is called a tono. We were on 51 days and counting for constructing the yurt. Somehow, I’m getting tired just rereading these posts.
Finally, we got into the large format felting. We made our first wall panel and with the help of the tractor, we got it felted and fulled.
Next up was painting the wood structure orange which is a traditional color for Mongolian gers (yurts).
We were feverishly working into October to try and get this enormous task completed. It was getting cold and as you can see, I got a little muddy. But we were getting closer to the end being in sight.
One of my favorite things about building this yurt was the community involvement. I even had a youngster named Kostya who was born in Kazakhstan who came to learn about the process.
And we did it! Our yurt raising party was held at the end of October and it worked. We had a yurt. It was really satisfying to complete the project and honestly, looking back now, I’m not sure where I got the energy. Of course I was a bit younger then but I guess determination and perseverance can get you anywhere. I hoped you enjoyed the reminiscence with me.