step by step guide to building willow structures: willow domes
Step1: Mark out a circular
trench using a stick and string, dig out the soil to 12 inches
and mix with compost. Leave the doorway uncut. The
diameter of the base should be just over half the height
of your longest set of sticks.
Step 2: The main frame should
consist of an even number of your longest poles. Chose
the two sturdiest for your doorway, create a hole for them with
a bar in the trench and place them in vertically. Similarly
place pairs of poles on the opposite side of the dome.
The larger the dome the more pairs of poles you will require.
This one used 8 poles for a 6ft diameter dome.
Step 3: Tie in opposite
pairs of poles in an upside down U shape by tying in the middle
and at the ends of the poles. Tie all of these pairs together
in the middle.
Step 4: Put in 2 of your
middle sized poles in an even spacing between the largest poles.
Have these rise up at a shallow angle so that they do not go
over the middle but rather to one side. Tie the ends on
with string. Starting from one of the doors put in one
of your smallest rods at the base of an existing rod, set it
of at an angle of 45 degrees and weave it into the structure.
Repeat this at the bas of every pole around to the other side
of the door. Once there start in a similar fashion on
the return leg weaving and adjusting as you go.