First thing to do was to install 4 central "Y" posts which would provide the apex of the roof.
Around this went an outer double ring of upright posts
We wove lengths of willow, holly and bramble between the uprights and then filled the internal space with debris from the forest floor. It was a long and labour intensive task. It took 6 of us all day just
to complete the circular wall of this shelter. We did stay within the walls that night, but used our tarps to form the roof. The shelter was very warm, even though it was late October.
Here you can see the entrance to the shelter
Here you can see the roof beginning to be covered by forest floor debris. The fine sticks etc help to stop the debris from falling through.
The roof covered.
Interior of the completed shelter
This picture shows the hole in the roof that allows smoke to escape from the shelter.
This type of shelter is not one to attempt if you are short of food or in ill health. It was a lot of hard work and we burnt off a lot of calories building it. It would, however, provide you with a sustainable long term shelter that could be used over many seasons.