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The Round House Project (AKA The Christmas Present)

January 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I love the outdoors and I like to get out as much as I can when I'm not working especially if its with the kids, but I wasn't expecting what I got for Christmas...

A Round House experience.... What is that I hear you ask...

Well let me tell you it wasn't what I expected it to be......

Firstly what exactly is a round house? Well its a semi-permanent structure built from natural materials and is built only with hand tools (by hand tools I don't mean the kind that have batteries or run on petrol).  The building was to be Octagonal with a reciprocal roof that would be able to hold its own weight, built in a local woodland.

On the first day we managed to erect the uprights and get several cross beams in place, then it was time to brave the night camping out in the woods.

Now the weather forecast for a weekend in January can be very hit and miss and fortunately the rain did miss us, however the snow didn't and since we were to be camping out it it was going to be a cold, cold night.

A Cold Night

I survived the night in the near sub zero temperatures only by occupying two sleeping bags and wearing thermals (and socks) but the following morning braving the cold had all been worth it......

Winter Wonderland

Now all we had to do was set the rest of the cross beams in place and get the roof on - with the extra difficulty of the snow. We persevered with the cold and by early afternoon the roof was finally in place much to my relief (and my frozen fingers).

With a hot drink we celebrated our hard work over the weekend and it was with much regret that I would be all too soon leaving a great bunch of people the only hours before were complete strangers and were now great friends.

I hope that I will be seeing some of the Guys 'n Girls that participated again as it would be great to catch up and hopefully see the Roundhouse taking on a little more shape.

I would like to thank my Wife for an amazing Christmas present, Green Man Learning and Howl Bushcraft for running the course (please can you do make sure next time we do this in the summer).

Edward

 

UPDATE: For more information about this please read the blog of Jamie Dakota here BLOG


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