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Fibershed Yurt (Ger) Building Workshop

June 29, 2013 @ 9:00 am - June 30, 2013 @ 5:00 pm


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photos courtesy of CampingYurts.com

Learn to build a beautiful camping yurt with instructor Richard Waters,
owner of CampingYurts.com

Dates: June 29-30, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00/5:00 pm each day
Location: Canvas Ranch, 755 Tomales Road, Petaluma CA 94952
Cost: $160 (limited to 12 students)
Instructor: Richard Waters, CampingYurts.com

Registration: If you would like to enroll, please email fibershed@gmail.comOnly 2 spaces left as of June 11th. 

Join Fibershed at this 2-day workshop, where you will not only learn some new practical skills, but also have fun in the process! The workshop is hands-on and you will be taken through every stage of making a camping yurt. You will go home with enough knowledge and a free set of instructions on how to make your own.

The yurt that we are building together will be Fibershed’s signature yurt, to be used as a classroom or display area at future Fibershed events. We will be making a felted cover for the yurt at a felting workshop in Lagunitas on April 20-21.

Here’s the workshop program:

1. Discussion on Yurts
We look at the different types of yurt, their design features, structure, sizes, construction methods and the plans for the yurt we are about to build.

2. Putting up a Yurt
Before we start any woodwork, we put up a yurt and look at the various parts. This helps people get familiar with everything and have a clearer picture of the parts when when making them.

3. Wood Selection
Wood to make camping yurts can come from many sources, new lumber, reclaimed wood, coppice and even pine saplings. We discuss the benefits of each and how each type is used differently.

4. Lattice Wall – Preparation
Although students will not use a table saw or machinery, they will learn how to rip lumber to get the most from the different types of wood available. The pre cut wall laths will require sanding, edging and holes drilling.

5. Assembling Wall Sections
The laths are now assembled for the wall sections and rope is used to secure the intersections.

6. Making a Door Frame
There are several ways to make a door frame. Each is discussed and a pre cut door frame is used to demonstrate hole drilling and dowel placement.

7. Roof Poles
The pre cut roof poles require some finishing in the form of tapering one end, rounding the other, sanding and rounding edges and drilling holes. I demonstrate how modern tools can really speed up this process, but for the workshop, we use a Shave Horse and spoke shave.

8. Roof Wheel
We discuss the various methods of making a roof wheel depending on the tools and equipment available. Explanations on steam bending a single piece of green wood to laminating multiple layers is covered. For the workshop a block and plywood design is used as this is the most cost effective method without the need for a building steam box, special molds or the use of more specialized tools.

9. Canvas Cover
Sewing a canvas requires an industrial sewing machine and so it isn’t practical for most to even attempt this. Explanations are given on how to position the canvas on the yurt to cut and sew in the most economic way. Traditional alternatives are shown on how to utilize tarps and ex military canvas to cover a yurt frame. Tying down the canvas is also an import area that is covered.

10. Final set-up
Having made the all the yurt parts, we now set it up. We cover all the little tips and tricks that make setting up a yurt easy.

11. Accessorizing the Yurt
Ideas inventions, gadgets and neat furnishings for the yurt.

12. The Traditional Felted Yurt Cover
Fibershed is making a felt cover for the yurt, and we will bring the cover in progress to show and discuss. If time permits, we will make needle felted squares to embellish the yurt cover.

Additional information:

Meals: We will have coffee, tea and water available at the workshop. Workshop participants are requested to bring food to share at the potluck lunch each day.

Where to stay: If you are coming from out of the area, Petaluma has numerous hotels. If you prefer to camp, Sonoma County Regional Parks has a number of campgrounds: http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/camping/camping_index.htm. There are also a number of state parks in Sonoma County, several with camping: http://www.sonoma-county.org/points/state_parks.htm. Or, there is a KOA campground less than 10 miles from Canvas Ranch: http://koa.com/campgrounds/san-francisco/.

About Canvas Ranch: It’s a small family farm in the idyllic Two Rock Valley, north of San Francisco. They share their 28-acre home with Olde English Babydoll Southdown sheep, cashmere goats, Ameraucana chickens, Maremma livestock guardian dogs, some cats, and a few barn owls. It is teeming with life, full of energy and renewal. Visit the website at: http://canvasranch.com.

Buying a camping yurt kit: For those who wish to order a full yurt kit from CampingYurts.com in advance of the workshop, Richard will bring your kit to the workshop, and give you a $200 discount. Learn more about the yurt kits here: http://campingyurts.com/buy-a-yurt.shtml.


June 29, 2013 @ 9:00 am
June 30, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
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Canvas Ranch
755 Tomales Road
Petaluma, CA 94952 United States
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Canvas Ranch
755 Tomales Road
Petaluma, CA 94952 United States
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