Shelters are one of my favorite primitive skills. There are so many variations and they really are ingenious. I built a thatched shelter that I lived in for a year and a half. It was the best home I’ve ever lived in.
Here’s the original thatched shelter.
After the first winter I had time to add a stacked debris wall to add two feet of insulation.
Even the first winter, it did okay. The only problem was wind- it would blow the cold through the thatch.
See how nice it sits on the landscape.
You can see the small fire ring on which I did all my cooking and heating. There is a smoke hole just off center so when it snowed I’d get a little pile in the shelter.
James’ beautiful Earth lodge. Steps lead down to a 10 foot circular room. Really amazing home.
Brett building a wickiup frame.
The finished wickiup.
Cathie bending poles of her wigwam frame.
One of my debris huts with a grass mat door.
Lean-to for wood storage outside my shelter.
Tri-pod with reed mat cover- it’s my outhouse.
Cool snow shelter from Tribal Wisdom.
Eric’s debris hut.
Eric lived in his debris hut year round.
Adding stacked wood walls helped retain heat in Eric’s debris hut compound.