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Mongolian Cloud Houses: How to Make a Yurt and Live Comfortably Paperback – April 17, 2006


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications (April 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936070390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936070391
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Jahn on October 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mongolian Cloud Houses: How to Make a Yurt and Live Comfortably If you're into simplicity in dwelling and have a piece of land (your own, or unhindered use of some other property) then Mongolian Cloud Houses by Dan Frank Kuehn may be for you. But please note, if you wish to build a yurt similar to Kuehn's specifications, you will also need to glean a fair amount of natural raw materials from that land, as well as have ample time if you intend to build according to the author's specifications. Although not terribly labor intensive in sheer physical construction, building yurts as Kuehn does requires a fair amount of determined patience (a notion of building that is almost heretical in today's culture of "instant gratification" but was widely accepted practice for centuries and firmly reconstituted by many a counter-cultural self-builder of the 1960's and 70's.) In short, this is not the book for you, if you're seeking to get a yurt erected overnight. (If that's the case, pony-up some hard earned dough and go buy a commercially manufactured yurt. Then also hire/recruit a bunch of warm bodies to assist you. Maybe you'll get the thing up in a week, maybe you won't. This IS the book for you, if 1). You are basically building alone or maybe with some help from a friend. 2). You are short of, or very economical with money. 3). You have abundant free time. 4). You want to live simply in the round and wish to work mostly with materials you can gather or scrounge. And finally, 5) You need to have something warm and comfortable yet nomadic (Because a nylon camping tent as your base camp/wilderness home/extra dwelling space just won't cut it.Read more ›
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schwerin on August 23, 2009
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Well this is one of the more disappointing books I've bought. I expected ideas (what to use for insulation), tested implementations (fitting a door, sewing the roof covers), and design specifics (what size roof ring, how many rafters). I found more of that info on the web in 5 minutes than in this book. IF you want to build a 13' yurt out of bamboo or johnson grass with cut up inner tubes and other scrounged materials this is the book for you. If that's not what you want to build, get a different book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2007
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The author provides excellent resources and instruction on building Mongolian style yurts. Though the text is somewhat dated many of the principles are still applicable today. I recommend this book to any beginner interested in constructing this type of nomadic dwelling.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 23, 2006
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Nomadic living in the 21st century can be achieved if your house is flexible and even portable - and MONGOLIAN CLOUD HOUSES: HOW TO MAKE A YURT AND LIVE COMFORTABLE advocates and shows how to construct a yurt using low-cost, natural materials available in either a backyard or wilderness. Step-by-step black and white drawings accompany a yurt history and includes construction alternatives and tips and tricks. A rare 'must' for any interested in alternative do-it-yourself construction.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Todd C. Thompson on May 3, 2006
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This book covers all the bases for homemade yurt living. History, how-to construction manual, reference guide, state-of-the-art catalog for all things in world of yurts (ger). Great pictures and graphics; the original nomadic living bible.
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