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Image by Daniel Katz

 Reciprocal Frame Yurt


When Shaha-Ohevzion returned to Israel after a number of years abroad, he found his family's land feet deep in illegally dumped rubbish.   

Shahar cleared the land and being a fine craftsman built a small yurt to live in,  and then decided to build another larger yurt for himself and to keep the smaller yurt for his guests. He enlisted the assistance of friends, including Robert Kursfeld from California.   Robert had been part of the original building team who had worked with Graham to construct the Reciprocal Frame Woodland Sanctuary at Colney Woodland Burial Park in Norwich in the UK.

Robert had suggested using the Reciprocal Frame for the new yurt. Shahar thought it too complicated but while out in the desert, lying under the stars beneath the ruins of Masada he sat up in the realisation that he must.

This decision initiated a process of web-based collaboration between Shahar and Graham who communicated by Skype and used digital Archicad drawings to arrive at the design for the 15 beam,  9 metre diameter timber frame Reciprocal Frame yurt shown in these pictures...

In a recent conversation Robert said ...  

" all of us were changed by this , none of us remain the same "

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