Our yurts are inspired by the traditional Kyrgyz and Mongolian sytle yurts and reflect the abundant species of the Nova Scotian Acadian forest. At Little Foot Yurts we support local well-managed wood lots that practice coppicing, and horse logging. We are also passionate about ancient building techniques:
Steam bending allows the wood to achieve bends with no loss of structural strength.
With a traditional forced air forge and a poker we burn our mortises ensuring consistency and accuracy of every angle. This process cures and hardens the tono (wheel) and provides a snug fit for every uni pole (roof pole).
We hand tailor each canvas to perfectly fit the yurt frame.
Using a froe, we split (rive) ash, which enables the wheel to have no cut fibres providing the maximum possible strength from the lightest possible structure.
The uni poles are hand shaved with a drawknife in our woodland workshop on the green woodworking break.
Cloud- a Belgian workhorse helps us remove sustainable harvested timbers from local woodlands.
Coppice - An Idea from the Past
|Anyone who has felled (cut down) a Christmas tree knows that the stump will die. Do the same thing to many hardwoods such as ash, maple, and oak, and they will throw up new shoots. Given the right light starvation by spacing these shoots they will grow up straight with few branches. This technique is referred to as coppicing.
This silviculture practice has been tried and tested for thousands of years in England. The idea is to harvest the limbs from the re-growth of hardwood stools (tree stump). By this method the tree stays alive and can yield low cost lumber for hundreds of years.
Most of the woods in England were coppiced, effectively growing the lumber to size and using it for almost every domestic application (brooms, handles, walking sticks) to commercial applications (gates, farming, fences, hurdles, faggots, and building) By the end of the 19th century this skill and knowledge has almost been forgotten, due to our demand for uniform, square, graded, sawn lumber. However, partly influenced by climate change there is a trend towards sustainability in which we hope this ancient method can be rediscovered in Canada. Developing coppice woodland crafts could be excellent way to give value to our local Acadian forest.
Coppice also prolongs the life of the tree and enhances the local fauna and flora of the woodland. For more information on this topic, a great book to read is Coppiced Woodlands, Their Management for Wildlife by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee of England.