When you put a yurt up permanently there are many, many more steps to do than we had previously experienced, so we kept thinking we were close to getting the roof and walls up and then getting stalled by another new task. For instance, once the wood floors were down, we had to assemble a band that goes around them and that the walls attach to. This requires wood bending into a circle shape, so we soaked them in the creek for a day and then cut relief cuts in them so they would bend. Then they get attached to the platform and to one another. It was a long process and took some figuring, but we got it.
Bryan introduced himself to his fellow mathematicians and offered beer and snacks to anyone who wanted to come over in the 90 degree afternoon heat and help us put up the yurt. Five people showed up and lent their hands! We were amazed by their generosity and charmed by their curiosity. When they left that night we had the dome and rafters up and by the time we went to sleep, the roof liner, foil insulation, and cover were up. I spent the next day drilling holes in the band around the platform and attaching the lattice walls to it with bolts. That night we got the wall liner and foil attached, but it wasn’t a pretty process. Luckily, Tim, one of the mathematicians showed up to help put up the walls, and he came bearing homemade sweet tea. He’s pretty much the nicest guy ever.
Soon after he arrived, a thunderstorm came through so as it poured, we hung the yurt walls up, again with added steps of screwing it to the band board along the bottom. Then it started lightning but Bryan refused to quit, so up on the metal ladder he went time and again. We did have to leave that night to go back to Minnesota to pack up our house and get our new renters in before the 1st of September, so time was of the essence. We finished the job, thanked Tim profusely, and packed up the cars and dogs to head to Minnesota.