I came across a wonderful blogger, Candace Rose Rardon
, a few weeks back and I was impressed not only because she is a fellow yurt lover, but a yurt dweller, a writer and an artist to boot.
Her paintings illustrating the history of the yurt
are awesome. I contacted her and asked if I could share some of them here and link to her article so those who want to know more about yurt history can take a look.
The circular theme of the yurt, a kind of underlying archetype of nomadic life on the Asian Steppes, and it is beautifully echoed in the pinnacle of the yurt, the yurt crown.
In Mongol culture, all the parts of the yurt are replaceable apart from the crown. The crown is passed down from generation to generation. It is a symbol of their home and of a place or centre in their "moving" universe.
Here we feel the same and therefore we don't make plexiglass yurt crowns and instead, we lovingly craft solid 8 spoke oak crowns. These crowns are for handing down just like those of our Mongol friends.
We love the look of the oiled wood and the feel of the almost indestructible oak. But we also get asked to decorate them and we do this with the same loving care and attention as we bring to each part of our craft.
Here is one we just made and we added one of our custom designs.