Hi, I'm starting to get parts together to build my own yurt...as cheaply as possible. The yurt handbook recommends finding coppiced wood but I'm in Portland, haven't seen this type of thing happening. But maybe I'm not looking in the right spot? Any suggestions on finding straight wood for the roof and structure cheaply. The lattice seems easier and I can probably just use trim pieces from the Rebuilding Center or something. help! thanks
You could look into bamboo, which has several advantages over wood of similar size.....weight being first among these. Carefully cured and dried, cracks should be minimized. You will, however, need to be careful of the joinery in use, which is traditionally different for bamboo. Screwing and nailing aren't really an option in most cases, since they will cause the poles to crack. Tying, sometimes with twisted wire, is one way to proceed. Another way is to make wooden or perhaps cement plugs for the ends, into which bolts, etc. can be embedded.
I have buit a few of these...what are your goals? Why does it have to be round wood? Is this an attempt at authenticity to original Gerr, or other type structure? Do you have any hardwoods in your area like Ash, Oak, or the related? Can you get fresh green wood from a local sawmill? Do you own basic power tools or are you going to build by hand?
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