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Reciprocal Roof Research

June 2, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Building, Natural Building, Resources | 8 comments | Author:

Welcome to Winter, everyone! Winter at Milkwood Farm is research time (in addition to winter farm chores) and currently we’re nutting out how to create super affordable, warm and not necessarily permanent housings for our crew come Springtime.

We’ve been mulling over yurts primarily, but recently, the beauty and economy of reciprocating roof roundhouses are got us thinking about hybrid natural building projects that we could realize next season. There’s a lot to love in these constructions…

– via Huckleberry
– via Huckleberry
– via Huckleberry
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– via Elke Cole
– via Growing Connections
– via Growing Connections
– via The Year of Mud
– via Elke Cole
– via Greenheart
– via Trenchy
– via Bomun Bock-Chung

Featuring these DIY delights raised and rendered:

For those of us without the capital (or the overdraft) to get on with ‘regular’ building projects, figuring out how best to build sturdy and useful buildings on the land can be a little daunting. But our research is yielding lots of possibilities… what will Spring bring?

>> more on natural building at Milkwood Farm.

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  • Mary June 2, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply

    Reblogged this on Upwey Permaculture Class Notes Feb-Mar 2012 and commented:
    One day, would love to build one on our property!

  • Mark Fuller June 2, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply

    Liking the Greenheard double-reciprocal roof. Never seen that before! Let me know when you’re going to build your building and I’ll see if I can get a few days off.

  • Murrindindi June 2, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply

    Great leads, look forward to hearing more about your adventures on this front. We are looking into building some on the farm too, Greg’s been gathering some beautiful old gum trees, all shiny and knotted which is getting exciting as new ones join the pile. One of my mates has been involved with that annual gathering of nude wizards, ConFest, for years and is trying to find us some leads on hippy festival builders from way back who can whip these things up well. Tipis particularly but all sorts of things. Got some good contacts from Burning Man too I’m chasing. Will keep you posted

  • Cecilia Macaulay (@CeciliaMacaulay) June 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply

    Hey, thats beautiful, and so easy-looking.

    I just checked the etymology, as I always need to do.
    ‘Reco-Proco’ ‘back-going, forward-going’.
    Its about ‘returning the same way’. These roofs do just that.
    The poles keep going forward till they come back to support themselves from behind.
    I like this way of being together.
    Then the people who stay in the houses support the people who built them, and it all goes on.

  • Jeremy Yau June 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply

    I helped build a couple of these in New Zealand

    Huckleberry and Bomun’s book ‘Creating a Portable Roundhouse’
    was the best selling item at APC11.
    Not sure if it’s available here, but I have a copy.

    1. milkwoodkirsten June 8, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply

      Hey Jeremy! Yes we saw the copy of the portable roundhouse book that Dan Harris Pascal brought back – great stuff. Hope you had a great time…

  • […] been researching reciprocating roof structures, but hadn’t as yet had a chance to build one. Luckily Harris has been champing at the bit to […]

  • Robt February 14, 2015 at 8:31 am | Reply

    Some random web surfing landed me on

    Self-supporting roofs a-la Leonardo da Vinci

    Looks pretty cool


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