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    My Sister has decided she wants me to build one of these in the back yard among the trees, she wants to create a "Rustic" sitting area with the wikiup and some wood benches etc,,,, I think the hardest part will be finding the poles and bark,, (all the materials lol) gonna take a drive up into the hills where i got firewood a few months ago,,, I dont think I am allowed to cut green trees so will have to scrounge around,,

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    We seen this on the trip to Yosemite to Sacramento,,,


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    Cool Really cool!

    Cody Lundin made one, & showed how, in the 1st episode of the 2nd season "Dual Survival." They are really cool & efficent. He talks about how he lived in one for a couple of years back when he was in college.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    Cody Lundin made one, & showed how, in the 1st episode of the 2nd season "Dual Survival." They are really cool & efficent. He talks about how he lived in one for a couple of years back when he was in college.
    yes, I seen that one,,,, (I dont want to live in it though,,lol) just for looks

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    I think it is very cool, if I didn't live in an apartment right now would like to build one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    And in other news......

    Southern California Resident Crushed Under Lumber Pile. Details at 11:00.
    hahaha,, don't be surprised

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    Since you are doing it for looks, you might consider a few things.

    1st, don't make it like you really would. Make a frame with poles that are tied together at the top. Use either a rope that does well in the weather long term, or use stainless steel wire. Remember that it has to take the weather (wind, rain, sun/UV) for a long time. Some ropes will either rot or decompose.
    2nd, don't worry about waterproofing it.
    3rd, maybe consider mechanical fasteners like screws.

    Good luck and post pics. I will make sure I don't show my wife. She might get ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finallyME View Post
    Since you are doing it for looks, you might consider a few things.

    1st, don't make it like you really would. Make a frame with poles that are tied together at the top. Use either a rope that does well in the weather long term, or use stainless steel wire. Remember that it has to take the weather (wind, rain, sun/UV) for a long time. Some ropes will either rot or decompose.
    2nd, don't worry about waterproofing it.
    3rd, maybe consider mechanical fasteners like screws.

    Good luck and post pics. I will make sure I don't show my wife. She might get ideas.
    Thanks for the tips ,,,, I was thinking of using some type of screws ,, I am not sure if i will be able to fine long pieces bark that will reach from bottom to top,, may have to scab some on

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    Go to an area with a lot of bark beetle damage. There will be a lot of dead bark. If the tree is dead, with bark on it, then take the bark off the tree in big chunks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finallyME View Post
    Go to an area with a lot of bark beetle damage. There will be a lot of dead bark. If the tree is dead, with bark on it, then take the bark off the tree in big chunks.
    There is LOTS of that up where I got firewood,,,

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    Go to a sawmill and get all the slab-cuts you want for free.

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    There's really not a lot of difference in a wikiup and a debris shelter. You don't necessarily have to use bark. Indiginous peoples used whatever materials they had at hand, including saw palmettos and tall grasses. And feel free to get creative with it. This was a shelter of necessity, not permanency. Looks like a fun project. Keep us updated on your progress!!

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    The key, IMO to any successful shelter like the one pictured is to use what is locally available. If bark, or slabs from log cuts are available then by all means use them. Around here, palmetto and cabbage palm fronds would be one of the most plentiful resources to weatherproof or roof a shelter. Look around and see what is most plentiful - let nature be your guide.
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