Monthly Archives: October 2013

Stormy Yurt Making and the Winds of Change


White horse returns

If you remember we went into the myth-ontological of the white horse  a while ago. A few days ago I went with the South Wind (traditionally regarded as the door) to get the some chestnut to make the door for the yurt making.

On the way back we stopped for fuel behind this van and I was smiling to see this gorgeous white horse smiling back at me. The white horse speaks to me directly as a symbol, it was funnier as the van ended up belonging to Tipi Jean .

The South Wind and I have been bringing the door home, as you can see in the pictures below.


Making the long wall grooves in the door



Yurt trellis gets into the groove

Today is meant to be the stormiest weather since the UK 1987 storm, so I lit the fire and used the west wind to blow the flames, not unlike a forge, to heat up the pick axe to burn through the Yurt wheel holes, the act is called – stormy yurt making, the forging of weather into your craft!


Pick head warming, aided by  the West Wind


Burning the wheel holes


I hope this yurt will not end up being too windy, but I like harvesting the power of the elements and our innermost feelings in conduction with the people we work with to create magic. It’s not every day that we get a storm like this.

I listened to sacred music like mark eliyahu for the delicate cuts like the door tenons, and the long door grooves, as it helps me with accuracy. Some wood work should be done in that frame of mind like working in a temple (at least that is my opinion).

Bushcraft and Canoe Packs



The Angel has made some new products for Wild Canvas Here are a couple of them from yesterday,

The first is a canoe pack, with tumpline to help with the weight, not that you expect to carry your Canoe pack very far but here it is anyhow.

The other one below is a bushcraft pack here you can also see a little video of it.


Bushcraft pack



Bushcraft pack with Baker tent

Flexible Chassis for mercedes 814 4×4


Mercedes 814 4×4 Chasis

We have been working to make a luton over the cab for our new truck project, as the big one is being sold.

We got our Inspiration from Ian C., Who got his partly from these guys. Maybe you got the impression by now that we love everything nomadic, that is true!!! SOmehow along the way we became in love with 4×4 trucks.

The current creation is basically having the cab fixed to the box, which puts quite a bit of strain on the join, unless the chassis uses springs, so instead of having fixed brackets under the box, we have springs alowing the chassis twist to be taken away from the box and the cab joint.


Chassis brackets

Because we understand that every new build has its own version of this method, and we are following in the footsteps of two builds, we copied what we thought worked. Ian was really helpful with the brackets and other stuff.

We cut the rails to follow the curve of the chassis and embedded the Ramsey Winch into it as it was too good to lose from the old electricity back. We are going to use it as a back Winch for this winter”s snow challenge, so this truck does not embarrass itself like it did last year.


Mercedes 814 4×4 Chassis