Building a Low Impact Roundhouse (Simple Living) by Tony Wrench

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T:•-'t: /. (d1agram 4) ReCiprrca/ roofframe rafter layout and plac:mg sequence. J. ,~ ~ .. <, t. J. ,J. , ~" (diagram 5) Rafter detail for fixing at henge c:ronpiec:e. 13 waiting. 5 metres long (let's call it Ajusta) for adjusting the rafters once they were up. So I lifted up the first rafter (in the South; no reason, but Willow would probably approve), heaved the thin end up onto the henge, climbed the tripod holding the end of the pole, and, on tiptoe, lifted the first pole up and into the Charlie Y.

We went round clockwise talking it through: "Here we are in the coats area; we come in the door, kick off our boots, hang a wet coat on the post ... here. Now we are in the clothes storage area- two racks of clothes hang from the wall to a low partition... " etc. We wanted an inner room big enough to dance in. and have band practices or meetings. so we tried to keep the outer ring reasonably na rrow. In practice this worked out at the inner circle being about 2m in from the outer one. widening a bit in the north and narrowing a bit in the south sun bitfbath area.

Even without a gutter syste m, it was sti ll quite fiddly to do, and took several days. The first task was to extend, whe re necessary, a nd make good the 41 canvas layer on top of the willow laterals, and to contain the straw layer adequately. I used several ex-army blankets to achieve this. In some places there are small gaps where a small bird or bat could get into the straw under the eaves and make a nice cosy nest there. That's OK by us. We huma ns have deprived so many of our fellow creatures of thei r natura l habitats that the least we can do is to put new habitat opportunities into every thing we build.

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