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Hi I just came across this thread. Very lovely. Do you still use the dome earth house?
 
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WOW this is so amazing! I need this!
 
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What a lovely idea.
I have not read everything, but do you have water problems with soil piled against the timber walls, or up through the floor?
 
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Here in the middle of Canada, Manitoba zone 3, I could use willow and cottonwood aka balsam poplar.  I wonder what other type of woody things would work?  We have wild hazelnuts, maybe lilac?  Anyone know of a list of woody things that would work?  
 
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Konstantin Kirsch wrote:

Look to these pictures:

The start of the timber construction:



nearly closed:








Hello , really interesting idea , but got few questions about the structure build itself  :
How much weight can it support ?
What timber did you use for the arches ?
Do you have drawing of how to cut wood for the arches and how do you connect them ??
 
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Wow like everyone else I’m inspired and excited to see my own dreams being lived out by someone!

my main curiosity is about the first pictures he posted about growing the trees together…

Someone else asked what happens if a tree dies during this process, and I’m curious what is the result when all the gaps have been grown/closed in? What is the life expectancy of a solid living mass of tree structure? And if it does partially die does it remain as dead wood that you could protect from the elements of deterioration as any other wooden structure?
 
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About building the arches, the process seems self-explanatory from the picture. Use hundreds of identical straight pieces of lumber with angled ends for the outer layer, then hundreds of identical five-sided pieces for the inner layer, all screwed and glued together one by one.

I would spread big sheets of paper or cardboard out on a floor and lay out the profile you want full size, then divide the total side height/width into equal sections made of appropriately sized pieces. It might help keep sections uniform if you assemble each arch or half-arch on the floor, or you might find it easiest to assemble in place.
 
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