Yurt Making Workshop (New Zealand)

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Yurt Building Workshop using upcycled materials,  Saturday 1st April 2017 NZ

FREE. Those attending the course will receive a free solid tarp. 6m x 3m  (recycled advertising signs)

The yurt we will build is different to the one above. The one on the right is from pallets ours will be

crisscrossed slats like the one on the left which make it collapsible.

We will be building a 6m diameter yurt in a day.

First we will create the walls from wooden slats (50 x 13 x 2350mm), the roof structure from 50 x 50mm wood. We will then build the structure from these and clad it with recycled pvc sheet advertising signs.

Much of the groundwork will be done before the course to facilitate the learning outcome and flow. E.g. crown, door and frame, made. Walls and rafters partially made.

Yurts are simple to build, sturdy, aesthetically pleasing structures for many purposes. This structure will be collapsible and easily transportable.

Needed:

Enthusiasm and willingness to jump in and have a go, you don’t need any previous experience.

Learning outcomes:

  • Simple building techniques
  • Creative use of tools
  • Different ways of using upcycled materials
  • Knowing how to build a largish yurt (6m dia.) for a cost of approx. $500
  • Note book and camera could be useful.

Date: Saturday 1st April 2017

Venue: Haumoana ( 15min from Napier), Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Time: 10am – 5pm

Suitability: older teens – adult

More information: Visit my website   rubberbandray.com

Cost: $100 per person, $30 deposit. Limited to 10 people for best teaching outcome.

Enquiries and/or Bookings: email  razedward@gmail.com   or phone 0223482332

Gear List:

  • bring lunch and snacks. Tea provided
  • working clothing (hot, cool or wet conditions). This is Hawkes Bay.

My Background.

I have a background in Engineering (B Mech. Eng.) and teaching Physics, Science and Mathematics in secondary schools for over 19 years.

I have the ability to problem solve using what is available which involves upcycling anything creatively to a large extent.

See you there.

Building a Pallet Yurt in a Day

This was a very productive day. A great team got stuck into the various jobs that needed doing.

The Process

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Yurt completed. Sturdy and watertight.

Yurt completed. Sturdy and watertight.

Job well done. Thanks to all whom participated.

Click here to see the Yurt Plans.

Yurt Plans

Here are the plans for a yurt that was built at the Dec 2015 Workshop. These are the scale drawings and mathematical calculations for working out the various yurt dimensions.

Yurt Scale drawing.

Yurt Scale drawing

Mathematical yurt calculations.

Mathematical yurt calculations.

Rubberband from Car Tube

Cutting and making rubber bands from tractor tubes.

Tubes with a blue stripe, are the ones you want as this rubber works better when cutting. Tubes that come from bicycles, cars, trucks and tractors are generally free!

This is how you cut a rubber band from a car inner tube. Stand on the tube to create a solid work base and the tension from pulling will make the cutting easier.

 

Use a very sharp knife and pull the tube firmly off to one side as you cut.

cutting a rubber band from a tractor tyre .

Cutting a rubber band from a tractor tyre.

Hint: also wet rubber is easier to cut.

Rubber bands joined to make a long one.

Rubber bands joined to make a long one.

Cutting a long strip of rubber.

Cutting a long strip of rubber.

 

April 2015 Workshop

Building a Pallet Yurt in a day.

The team built a yurt from pallets and other materials in a day.
This involves stripping the hazel rods which would be used for the rafters.
We also prepared the ground to create level posts for the walls to sit on. the walls were made from upcycled pallets.
Then the exterior cladding was put on. The exterior is recycled adverts, these are made from a very strong, flexible PVC tarps.
The weather was pretty awful that day, but everyone came prepared with wet gear and got the job done.

December 2015 Workshop

Building a Pallet Yurt in a Day

This was a very productive day. A great team got stuck into the various jobs that needed doing.

First job was to strip the bark off the hazel rods which were to be used for the rafters.

Stripping bark with a sharpened spade attached to a pallet.

Stripping bark with a sharpened spade attached to a pallet.

Spades were sharpened and clamped in position. Then, in teams of two, we scraped the rods over the spades, stripping the bark off in sections

 

 

 

 

 

The next job was to manage the pallets for the walls.

Again this was done in teams of two. The pallets were matched up. Stabilising pieces of wood were nailed on to connect them. Then these pairs were brought together, angles checked and the exterior wall was created.

Next up is preparing the exterior cladding. We used recycled adverts, they are made from a heavy duty pvc. We cut them to measure and glue them together. The glue used was Tec7, which is quite thick and requires smearing and spreading it on to the surface. Then we put the edges together and used a roller to smooth them together. Bricks were placed on top and left for an hour to bond effectively.

A major job is putting the rafters on, all hands on deck for this job.

Finally, we put the cladding around the exterior and on the roof.

The structure is now waterproof and solid. A man can swing off the central crown ring!

Team photo from December 2015 workshop

December 2015

Job well done!!

Click here to see the Yurt Plans.