William Coperthwaite’s Inspired Yurt Compound

We’ve always liked the idea of yurts, the round nomadic shelter, but dismissed them because they were so closed in, with hardly a window. Then we saw images of William Coperthwaite’s Yurt on the Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine. Windows all around, on 3 levels:

yurt office

More images here.

Designer, teacher, building, writer, William Coperthwaite pioneered yurt-building in the United States. His book A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity. The description we read seems right up our alley:

Coperthwaite has fashioned a livelihood of integrity and completeness-buying almost nothing, providing for his own needs, and serving as a guide and companion to hundreds of apprentices drawn to his unique way of being.

A Handmade Life carries Coperthwaite’s ongoing experiments with hand tools, hand-grown and gathered food, and handmade shelter, clothing, and furnishings out into the world to challenge and inspire. His writing is both philosophical and practical, exploring themes of beauty, work, education, and design while giving instruction on the hand-crafting of the necessities of life. 

Definitely a Christmas gift for someone…maybe us.

Via frommoontomoon.blogspot.com. Images by A. William Frederick



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