By Dan Frank Kuehn
NOMADIC LIVING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Written for those interested in alternative lifestyles, outdoor living, camping, and do-it-yourself projects, this lively book recounts the author's experiences building his first yurt. Dan Frank Kuehn carefully guides readers through every step of the creation of a 13' diameter, 10' tall model. He covers everything from the poles and lattice that form the basic structure to the pluses and minuses of various materials to the "luxuries" like solar windows and lofts.
This book is intended for the individual who has lots of time but not much money. Many materials are scrounged for free (rubber inner tubes), or gleaned from nature (willow sticks). New updates to the book show alternative materials (bamboo) and new techniques that you could incorporate into your own personal take on the form.
The Appendix contains a wealth of information he's assembled on yurt designs, ready-to-erect yurts available from a wide variety of manufacturers, plus tools, material suppliers, yurt books, videos. A wonderful last-minute addition is a section containing photos of modern-day gers in Mongolia.
Throughout the book, he shows alternative ways of doing things. On pp. 122126 are old drawings by Donn P. Crane depicting the life of Genghis Khan. There are tips in “Other Ways” (pp. 3145) on putting your yurt together.
On pp. 8891 you can learn about keeping clean in the woods by building a sweat lodge. The yurt and sweat lodge are from opposite sides of the globe, but the sweat became such a part of his life in the yurt that he felt this book would be incomplete without it.
In the last part of the book are references to yurt companies (if you’re inclined to buy a readymade yurt), information on yurt-building supplies, and other books on yurt building.
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