Free Hexayurt Construction Workshop in San Francisco

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princevalium
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Free Hexayurt Construction Workshop in San Francisco

Post by princevalium » Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:49 pm

We are holding a free full-day hexayurt construction workshop in San Francisco on August 6th before Burning Man 2017. We can accommodate 6 groups of 2-4 people (each group builds one hexayurt). Come and learn how to build yurts with your fellow yurt lovers!

What
We are teaching how to build the most common variant of hexayurt ("H12"), in the semi-folding style with mitered edges. This takes a bit more work but results in a hexayurt that is stable and looks nice, is easy to set up on playa, and can be reused for years with minor repairs. You can check out our detailed construction guide PDF document that the workshop is based on at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3ynyuciaf50w ... vZY1a?dl=0. We built our own hexayurt this way and reused it for years and we also helped friends build theirs.

When
The date of the workshop is August 6th 2017. The exact times are TBD but please expect this to be the whole day (roughly 10AM - 7PM).

How to attend
If you are interested in participating, e-mail us at hexayurt-workshop@entropy.ch with the number of people in your group (at least 2). We will assign spots and confirm in the order in which we receive the requests + paid deposits (see below). The confirmation e-mail will also contain all of the workshop details and the location.

If you are confirmed, you must purchase all required materials in time BEFORE the workshop; none will be provided on-site. Note especially that the window to order the tapes online and have them shipped to SF is closing soon, so if you are confirmed you should purchase all materials right away.

If you attend, you will need to sign a waiver of liability (but we won't be doing anything more dangerous than using a utility knife). You will also need to pay a deposit of $50 before your spot is finalized. You will be refunded this deposit in full after the workshop is over IF YOU ATTENDED. This is to prevent no-shows wasting a valuable spot that somebody else could have used. Any non-refunded deposits will either be used as lunch money for the groups that are attending or donated to a charity.

Cost
Although the workshop is free, you have to purchase and bring along all required materials and tools according to the list below. You will also need to be able to transport your supplies to and from the workshop. If you don’t already have a truck or similar, you probably will also have to rent a 9 foot cargo van for the day. We expect the total resulting costs for all of that to be around $900 per group including the cost of the rental van.

Here is a list of materials and tools with cost estimates. The items marked with a * are required on the day of the workshop.
Total material costs: ~$840 ($900 with rental van)

Why Hexayurts are Great for Burning Man
  • Sleeps up to four people
  • Stays cooler in the morning and warmer at night
  • It's roomy at 166 square feet
  • It's a fun project to work on together as a group
  • Great conversation starter. If you weren’t always talking about BM, here’s a new topic for you. ;)
You can find more information about hexayurts at http://www.appropedia.org/Hexayurt_playa
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Re: Free Hexayurt Construction Workshop in San Francisco

Post by tbucks » Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:26 pm

Awesome idea.

I think you could save 70 or so dollars buying the ratchet straps at costco (nice yellow goodyear ones) and using lag bolts and chain link instead of playa staples.

princevalium
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Re: Free Hexayurt Construction Workshop in San Francisco

Post by princevalium » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:22 pm

tbucks wrote:I think you could save 70 or so dollars...
Thanks for the cost-saving tip tbucks!

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Re: Free Hexayurt Construction Workshop in San Francisco

Post by rymar » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:13 pm

Great idea. I'm almost done with my build but can't find an easy way to bevel the edges at 30 degrees. Any suggestions?

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Re: Free Hexayurt Construction Workshop in San Francisco

Post by princevalium » Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:06 pm

rymar wrote:Great idea. I'm almost done with my build but can't find an easy way to bevel the edges at 30 degrees. Any suggestions?
Three options for you:

1.) The first few times we used a track saw that could be set to the 30 and 15 degree angles. Photo of that setup below.

2.) For this workshop, we made some jigs that you move along the edge of a panel. The jigs have two thin slits that guide the blade of a utility knife at the two angles. I've included a photo below. The insides are covered with UHMW tape (http://a.co/6BEa7W9) to reduce friction.

3.) We recently saw a video of another other technique that uses a jig with a putty knife. We haven't tried this, but the person in the video seems to get really good results:
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Re: Free Hexayurt Construction Workshop in San Francisco

Post by rymar » Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:05 pm

Wow those jigs look slick. Great idea. Have yo used them with success yet?

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Re: Free Hexayurt Construction Workshop in San Francisco

Post by princevalium » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:24 pm

rymar wrote:Wow those jigs look slick. Great idea. Have yo used them with success yet?
Thanks, we have done a couple of test cuts on a throwaway panel and that worked well after a bit of practice. We haven't used it yet for a full hexayurt, so we're bringing the saw as a backup.

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