Assembling a yurt, finishing touches

Our main building project at Olabe is now complete! Finishing up the yurt and working out the kinks in our yurt assembly process took about a week in total. You can read about the first few days of the project in my previous post

After the frame was up, there were four layers of weatherproofing/aesthetic coverings to put on, and a variety of ropes to lash to the frame for each layer.

1. Aesthetic canvas layer for the inside of the yurt

Yurt structure canvas frame stretching Basque Country

2. Plastic water proofing sheet, in two pieces

Assembling yurt layers plastic water proofing sheet

3. Four pieces of heavy wool felt insulation

How to insulate yurts wool felt

4.Three pieces of canvas outer layer and roof hat

Weatherproofing insulation Mongolian yurt design

Following this, we needed three more ropes to lash the canvas around the structure. The hat (which covers the windows of the crown) has four ropes which tie it to the ground.

How a yurt looks from the inside

Inside the yurt is looking cosy. There are a lot of good tutorials available on YouTube for how to properly wrap canvas around your yurt frame; I will include below some links to useful how-to videos*.

Next steps to complete this yurt was to get the floor down and the oven in. The decking that the yurt is built on is widely spaced, enough to lose coins, keys etc so the floor needed a bit more covering. The flooring was a set of puzzle-piece cut boards that slotted together and were screwed down.

Planning floor build yurt construction

Yurt flooring woodworking Olabe Basque Country

Wiring tube yurt electrics

The pipe above is for future wiring, we also needed to cut a few pieces of wood out to fit around the legs of the yurt.

I would probably build my yurt floor before putting the yurt up next time. It would have to be sturdy to withstand the stomping of yurt assembler’s feet…not sure what material I would use yet! Concrete? More research required. 

Also, situate your stove with heatproof flooring and walls before installing the chimney. After this, it is time to add the window panes. The glass panes that came with this yurt were not cut to fit the frames, so in our case some silicone sealing was necessary. Make sure everything including the chimney is in place before sealing as this is the very last step.

Sealing windows yurt building Olabe

Building yurt completed week assembly Olabe Basque Country

Sun setting on Olabe yurt

Now it is time to do fun, comforting things like bring in rugs and wine, or cook kiwifruit pie and have nice chats.

It was a busy, challenging week but very worthwhile.

Dessert warmth food Mongolian yurts in Olabe


You can read about our previous days of yurt assembling here:

*More instructions on yurt assembly; I hope someone can use these and save some time sorting through less useful ones! 

How to build a yurt pdf by P.R. King

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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5 Responses to Assembling a yurt, finishing touches

  1. Liz Hulin says:

    Fascinating readng. Could do with a Yurt in backyard Tmba. Look forward to the next entry.

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