The traditional use of yurts stretches from Turkey to Mongolia. Their design varies considerably over this range. Ravenwood builds yurts alonng the lines of the Turkoman Ger. This is based on an expanding trellis work wall, made in two or three sections, which is attached to a wooden door frame, A tension band runs from one door post around the walls to the other door post. This band stopswalls from being pushed out by the weight of the rafters, crown wheel and canvas.
Except for the door frame all the wood of the framework is carefully cut to size, steamed and bent to shape. It is the steaming and forming of the wood which gives the yurt its graceful curves, providing the required strength while avoiding using heavy pieces of wood. We use oak or sweet chestnut which are exceptidnally resistant to rot.
Traditionally yurts are covered with sheets of felt and in some climates with an additional canvas cover. In our climate it is not necessary to have a felt cover. one made of canvas generally being more than adequate. People who live in yurts usually have a wood burning stove and, in the depths of winter, line their yurt with blankets.