the Advanced Standard of the past fall, everyone, of course, constructed their
own one, two, and three-person debris hut, and utilized it for the first part of
the course. Along towards the end
of the week, the word came: "Tear them down!
And construct a shelter big enough for all!"
result was, in everyone's opinion, a masterpiece of dead branch and debris
consisted of a horseshoe-shaped half dome (the roof was for the most part open
in the center), and an upright bark wall across the open end of the
"horseshoe"; the fire pit in the middle made for a cheery, snug
enclosure (almost) big enough for everyone.
details of construction: sturdy "Y" sticks were planted upright into
the ground in the horseshoe shape, with approximately a 7-foot radius from the
center. Where the fire pit was to
be poles were laid across from one "Y" to the next, and longer poles
were then placed with one end on the crossbars, angling back another 10 feet or
so out from the circle of "Y" sticks.
Brush, bark, debris and more brush were laid over the resulting fan of
support poles, providing the roof over the sleeping areas.
open end was then fenced with a row of upright pickets, and woven with long
strips of bark, making a wind-proof wall across the front of the shelter.
door flap of woven grasses, and woven grass mattresses added the final touches
to a magnificent abode.
those of you who helped construct the "Taj" (as it has come to be
known as during visits through late fall and now the winter), here's a
from some settling of the woven bark front wall, and as well the outer layer of
debris, it's still sturdy and warm and dry inside.
A few holes in the back walls have developed, due more to squirrels than
anything else. The mice and pine
voles have decided it's a marvelous home, and their scurryings keep us
entertained at night. All in all,
it's a grand shelter, and a much appreciated, luxurious accommodation during the
present rainy season. Nighty-night!