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Yurt Tono and a Felting Party

Yurt Tono and a Felting Party

Dennis and I are still plugging away at the carpentry work on the yurt. This past weekend, we drilled the holes in the tono. The tono is the circle at the top of the yurt that the roof poles fit into. Dennis bought a special drill guide so that we could drill the holes at a 30 degree angle. I can’t imagine how we would have drilled at the proper angle without this guide.

Drill GuideIt works really slick. Dennis had measured and marked where all 52 holes needed to be around the outside of the circle.

Holes in TonoSo now we just need to sand the tono a bit more and it will be ready to paint. You can see that one of the holes is a little bit off. We’re not sure how that happened but it will just have to do.

Pole StopWe also felted two more wall panels on Sunday. Luckily, I got recruitment labor. 🙂  To prevent the felt from sliding around on the PVC pipe, we added a couple of additions. It’s pipe insulation covered with duct tape.

PVC Pipe ChangesWe also had to replace the small inner PVC pipe with a galvanized steel pipe. The plastic PVC was getting eaten by the chain inside.

Felt WalkersAfter the water was applied, all our felting party guests walked on it. Here’s a little video I took:

Two Walls Laid OutBecause I had helpers, we were able to lay out two walls and get them felted in a day.

RollersHere we are on the first roll of the day.

Getting the Air OutThat’s Paula trying to get rid of some of the air under the plastic.

Getting It TightIs it tight enough?

Tying the RollNow to get the ropes in place to tie the roll.

Square KnotsAnd tying it up with square knots. If you don’t get it tight enough, it really slides around a lot.

Getting Ready to RollThen the roll is attached to the tractor.

AttachedStart off slowly to make sure everything is going to roll properly.

Tractor FeltingAnd off it goes. The recipe is 5 times around the field, roll from the other end, another 5 times around, flip the felt over, 5 times around and roll from the other end with a final 5 times around. And it’s felt!! I didn’t get any photos of the finished felt but I will show you all the walls when they are completed. So one more wall panel and then we’ll start on the roof. Progress is being made and I’m shooting for completion by mid October.

Yurt Update – Finally a Little Bit of Felting

Yurt Update – Finally a Little Bit of Felting

I finally started on felting for the yurt. Not much, but a sample to figure out shrinkage.

Wool BattThis is one of the batts rolled out on the living room floor. That is a yardstick so you can see about how big it is. It looks grey here but it’s really brown.

Wool LayoutHere’s my sample square ready to felt. I used two layers of batt so I can make sure it will be thick and heavy enough to keep out the weather.

Wool Layout ThicknessIt was almost 6″ thick.

Yurt Felt SampleAnd here’s the final sample after felting. It is very thick and sturdy. The wool felted easily but it only shrank 6%. That seems minimal to me. I’m used to 30% so I hope that it doesn’t shrink differently when I do a large wall piece. But after a bunch of math, I figured out that I might just have enough wool for the walls and the roof. Now, we just have to work out exactly how we’re going to pull the big rolled bundle behind the tractor. There is talk from my husband about field draggers, PVC pipe, chain etc. But that’s his job. I’m rolling the felt up around the PVC pipe and he’s going to do all the connecting to the tractor and pulling it around the field.

Short Wall Slats with 45 degree Angle Cut for DoorWe’re also still working on the frame and I still have some sanding yet to do. These are the final pieces that I needed to cut shorter for the walls. The ends needed to be cut at a 45 degree angle  as they will be butting up against the door frame.

Cutting the TonoThe next part we started working on is called the tono. It is the center section of the roof where all the roof poles insert. Luckily, we already had this set up for our router. It is to make circles. It is kind of like using a string and pencil to draw a circle.

Tono CutHere’s one of the circles completely cut.

Remaining BoardWe saved the extra piece to make the rest of the tono.

Cutting the Inner CircleThen we needed to cut another circle within the circle. More measuring and the nail is what holds the plastic jig in the center.

Inner Circle Cut


Here it is as we finished cutting the inner circle out.

Proud Hubby


Doesn’t he look proud!

First Tono LayerHere is the first layer cut out. We made three all together that we will glue together to make the wood thick enough for the holes for the roof pole ends.

Cutting Other Tono PartsThen there are pieces that arch up over the flat tono circle. We rigged up a way to use the old center circle and made an arc cut with the router. Now we just have to cut the ends and this piece will be the arch over the circle. It’s a little hard to picture but I’ll show you more photos when we have it together.

So the wall felting will begin in the next two weeks. If you’re in the area and you’d like to join in, let me know and I’ll give you the schedule. I’d love to have you join us!






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