- I recently built a 12' yurt (see photos at
is a big issue in a structure this size (it's about the size of a small
bedroom), and I've considered using a hammock to free up some floor
space. The walls on my yurt where not designed to to support the load
from the hammock, and so I would have to build a hammock stand, or
anchor some support posts. A larger, commercial yurt could probably
handle a hammock with no modification. But yurts are designed to resist
the roof pushing the walls out, not a hammock pulling the walls in, so
experiment with caution!
Another good tipi source is Nomadic Tipis in Bend, Oregon
Rick, what sort of canvas were thinking of buying for $70, and how much
of it? A 12' yurt cover takes about 60 sq yards of material (I think a
12' tipi is about half that), and I spent over $300 for my canvas (20
oz all-weather canvas). That was at $6/yd, which in my experience is a
decent price for any fabric.
Another consideration is how the fabric will deteriorate in the sun.
It's a concern that has led many yurt makers to switch to synthetics,
or treated canvas. Obviously, this is a bigger problem for structures
that are up year round. Also a bigger problem for yurts than for
tipis, since the roof of a yurt intercepts the sun's rays more
directly. My yurt hasn't been up long enough to notice any effects.
Time will tell...
On the issue of where to get wood, I think the answer depends on the
context. In terms of impact, I think it's better to harvest a few
trees off your own land (if you have them) than to buy wood that came
from who knows where, and was dried, milled, shipped, stored, shipped
again, etc. All the wood for my yurt came from a very overgrown
eucalyptus grove on the property. Of course, in a backpacking context
it would be unacceptable to chop down a tree every time you make camp.
Parker Abercrombie <parkera@...>