Course: Yurt Making for Low Impact Living

Deadline for booking– 15th June 2015 09:00:00

Dates: 19-21st June 2015

Duration: 3 days
Instructor: Paul Spencer, HIGHLANDYURTS.
Level: Beginners+
Spaces: This course is limited to 8 spaces only, so booking early is recommended.
Cost: £450 Residential
Includes three nights accommodation in a Mongolian Yurt*, lunch, access to workshop facilities, communal cooking and washing facilities and the materials needed to make your own crown, which is the central wheel of the Yurt.

Paul Spencer, from HIGHLANDYURTS, will be leading this three-day Yurt building course at Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Working as a professional Yurt maker for 14 years, his expertise lies in using responsibly sourced materials and environmentally low impact methods of construction. Paul is particularly interested in building Yurts for the purpose of traditional nomadic living but has clients who use them for workshops, studios, holiday homes and affordable/temporary accommodation.

This course provides an introduction to yurt making and assembly including natural wood bending processes and expertise on best practice. During the course, Paul will also provide a workshop demonstrating how to fabricate the canvas covering. The aim is for everyone to learn the skills and leave with the confidence and knowledge needed to build their own Yurt.

Yurt Making Course- Activity Breakdown 


Identifying components of yurt
Covering tools required for making yurt
Making trellis and roof poles


Making crown (centre wheel of yurt)
This will include making templates for all parts needed to make your crown
Cut out pieces for crown using band saw
Gluing and clamping together wheel
Marking wheel in preparation for drilling holes for the use of roof poles


Doors and door frame
The making of yurt canvas cover
Erecting 12ft yurt

Please note* each session will be delivered from 9am – 5pm approx. with a short break for lunch, which is provided. Please inform us of any dietary requirements when booking the course.

*Alternative accommodation can be provided in the form of a shared double room. Please specify your preferred option upon booking.

For general enquiries please email arts@ssw.org.uk /01464 861 372.

To Book: Please email arts@ssw.org.uk with your contact details and address, and we will get back to you with a Booking Form.

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