Grass Hut

 

I built this grass hut up on a ridge. It’s roughly parallel with the tiled hut and wattle and daub hut that are a couple of hundred meters away down in a valley. I built it on a ridge to get away from mosquitoes in wet weather. This project took 7 days to make. I looked for a spot and cleared it on the first day, built the frame on the second, and spent the next 5 collecting grass. Grass is difficult to collect in this dry forest and I had to climb further into the mountain to get it.
The design is a simple pointed dome that’s easy to build. The tools used were simply sharp stones and a digging stick. It’s 2.5 m wide and 2 m tall. 8 lawyer cane strips were driven into the ground to form the ribs of the structure and hoops of cane were put over this to attach the grass to. Vine was used to tie the frame together and to tie handfuls of long grass to it. When the hut was almost finished a cap was made and lifted onto the top of the dome to finish it.
This hut is easy to build and houses a large volume. The shape is wind resistant and strong for it’s materials. Gaps can be seen in the thatch but not if viewing from directly underneath meaning that it should shed rain well. A fire should be possible in the hut as long as it’s small and kept in a pit in the center.The reason the hut took so long is due to the scarcity of grass on the hill. It could be built much quicker in a field.

6 thoughts on “Grass Hut

  1. I really love your work but i’m kinda disappointed with this video. I can’t understand why did you do almost the same thing(your first hut video). Keep up the good work, thanks a lot.

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  2. Your videos continue to be inspirering, insightful and fun to watch. I like that you continue to refine your technique to get an efficient way of working with primitive techology. Best of all from Iceland.

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  3. Love your stuff! Your videos always make me feel so calm, they speak to something deep inside me, that doesn’t really need words. Every new video feels like a gift.

    A question, though: what is the yellow liquid (?) in the terracotta pot seen at 7:52 in the video?

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