The yurt compound of William Coperthwaite on the Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine.
No one alive has done more to promote yurts than Bill Coperthwaite. Coming across the style in a 1962 National Geographic article, he recognized in the yurt a construction method so simple and durable, that almost anyone, regardless of skill or budget, could build their own home. He’s spent the last 4 decades living off-grid, lecturing, selling plans, and leading hundreds of yurt building workshops around the globe.
Read more on Bill’s life and philosophy in his book: A Handmade Life.
Photographs by the exceptional A. William Frederick.
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Big Sur Greenhouse | Mickey Muennig, 1971
When he first moved onto his Partington Ridge property in 1971, Muennig built himself a small, sixteen-sided conical building on a steep and rocky headland. The 16-foot-diameter structure, known as the glass teepee, was designed to provide temporary shelter while Muennig went ahead with the construction of a more substantial home. But in Big Sur, time often slows to a barely perceptible crawl, and Muennig found himself living in the glass teepee for another eighteen years before he finished work on the bigger house. There were lessons to be learned, however. “I learned to live in a small structure and I learned how to live very minimally,” says Muennig. “It didnt have any storage or closets.”
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