I built this 10 foot diameter yurt without metal fasteners from free materials. It has the same proportions as the "standard" Mongolian ger scaled down. The varnished wood and white liner give it a marvelous feeling inside. Lots of people told me this was the best shelter they'd seen at Burningman.
("Yurt" is the Russian word. "Ger" is the Mongolian)
Most of the wooden parts are sawed from the slats of a futon couch.
The wall lattice pivots are knotted cord.
The door frame is made from hockey sticks.
The smoke ring is an aluminum bicycle rim.
At Burning Man I set the yurt up on top of my truck's lumber rack on a platform of redwood boards. That enabled us to drive around and move camp easily.
In the first photo it's just been set up. In the later ones it's been through some 70 mph dust storms. We've sealed it up and tied it down much more securely.
In the next photo Pete and Leslie
take shelter in the Yurt during a dust storm.
During a break in the dust storms there's some rain. Star
stands on the tailgate "balcony" to soak up the happiness from a huge double rainbow.Billy
likes the dust. He's out in an easy chair reveling in it.