Tobias Fairlove yurt-maker for over 25 years, is running his annual yurt building course this year at Monkton Wyld Court.
We will be making a 14ft yurt frame out of locally sourced coppiced sweet chestnut and ash. There will be a small amount of ‘classroom’ theory work throughout each day but the course will be predominantly ‘hands on’, it will cover everything you need to know about how to make your own beautiful coppiced yurt frame.
Some of the skills we will be learning are; how to source your own wood sustainably, tool sharpening, cleaving wood, steam bending, knotting up, some basic jointing techniques and the use of draw knives, side axes and spoke shaves as well as how to use other more common carpentry tools. No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to work and to learn.
The yurt is eventually destined for the Pikpa refugee camp on the island of Lesvos in Greece. There is an option to make your own yurt wheel/crown to take home with you at an additional cost.
Tobias has been running courses at home and abroad since 2006, he brings a quarter of a century’s experience of working with yurts to the course. His work has featured on the BBC Culture Show, Tents: the Beginning of Architecture and recently BBC Spotlight covered his journey to Greece delivering one of his yurts. He is currently writing a book about yurts. He lives in Devon with his wife, has 4 children and has recently become a grandfather.
Accommodation and lunch is included in the course price, dinner is optional.