Building a thatched dome hut in a clearing on a mountain
Clearing a space Making a stone hand axe
cutting saplings Marking a 2.5m diameter circle
with 8 stakes around the edge
Stakeholes are about 0.25m deep
Saplings are about 2.75m long
Vine for lashing
Frame completed Cutting palm fronds with a stone flake
A bundle of 100 fronds six to seven bundles were needed
Splitting palm fronds
Tying thatch to the frame
Rainforest leaves have drip tips so water won’t stay
on their leaves long enough for algae to grow.
This means they also make good thatch.
This type of thatch last for about 2 years
Making a roof cap
Digging a moat
Planting sweet potatoes
Rain coming off the hut will water the garden
Taro Hut completed
This hut was easy to build with minimal tools, materials and effort.
材料和力气 尖头圆顶 宽2.5米 高2米
The pointed dome is 2.5m wide and 2m tall.
这种形状能遮雨 排烟良好 又能保持热量
The shape sheds rain and funnels smoke well while retaining
空间够大 能容纳床 火塘
heat providing a large inner volume to house a bed,
a hearth, fire wood and tools.