The type of yurts I have been making since I began in 2001 are known as bent wood coppiced yurts. This means that instead of making the frame from pieces of wood that have been milled from a large tree I cut saplings that have grown naturally to the right size to be used as either roof or wall poles. Then as part of the process I steam bend the bottom of the roof poles to give the yurt the mushroom like shape that most people would think of a yurt. I’m a firm believer that this style of Yurt. that is generally referred to as a Kyrgyz frame from it being associated with Kyrgyzstan, is far better suited for a wetter environment such as we have in the UK.
What makes my traditional yurts special
Usually wood that has been coppiced has been grown from the start with a particular purpose in mind and if that was for use as a yurt you would normally grow the young trees to be as straight as possible so that you end up with easily worked poles and a nice symmetrical yurt.
If you look at the pictures on this page you will see that what makes my yurts different from most coppiced yurts is that the poles I use come from a piece of land where the trees have grown wild without any human intervention and as such are generally not particularly uniform in shape.
Over the years this is something I’ve embraced and the more I’ve worked this particular piece of land the more interested I’ve become in all the other little quirks that individual trees show. On some you will find marks on the bark where they might have rubbed up against another tree or where an insect or illness has affected a young tree leaving a canker or scar that has formed in response.
Although none of this affects the strength of the individual pole, it serves to make that particular sapling and therefore the yurt as a whole, much more interesting for me and I hope the client.
Exciting new projects
This summer I have been asked to make two much smaller yurts for use either by smaller humans or by big humans in smaller gardens.
The first is a little yurt for little people. At only 7′ in diameter and made in exactly the same way as my larger yurts and to the same standard, it offers a perfect yurt experience that is sized especially for pre-teens. Like the larger yurts it can be felted for insulation or put on a little platform of its own and as such it makes an ideal overnight outdoor sleepover space. Being as small as it is, it is easily maintained and with a minimum of practice quick and easy to put up or take down and store away, in fact there’s no reason why most children shouldn’t be able to do this themselves.
Additionally it has been pointed out, that because the frame fits comfortably in the back of most hatchbacks and is so easily carried it also makes an excellent tent for a couple of adults to take to festivals and a bit of research has shown that it offers a larger space than most two person, or even some three person tents for your own festi glamping experience.
The summer snug
If you’re looking for some extra space in the garden as an evening snug to enjoy with friends or a small studio to become inspired in then this is quite possibly the space for you. Along with a lot of my friends I have a small back garden and even a 12’ diameter yurt is going to fill it to the point that there’ll be nothing left to enjoy. Equally you might have a long narrow garden that you don’t want to have the yurt at the end of and yet still want to do better than have to squeeze past it to get to the compost bin. The snug has the same height walls as any of my larger yurts and consequently there is headroom for anyone up to 7’+ tall and although it is only half the size of a 12’ yurt it is still big enough for a half dozen adults to comfortably chill out in.
As with any of my yurts if you’d like to have a chat about which would be the best one to suit your needs please feel free to give me a call on the number below and I’ll be more than happy to talk it through with you.
|Size of yurt with the diameter in feet||Price|
Prices include VAT
|Hardwood door (Oak)||£525|
|Softwood door (Joinery quality pine)||£325|
Prices include VAT
*price dependent on size, access to site and nature of the ground it is to be set upon.