The crew's first project together was to build a 30'X 30' freestanding deck upon which to erect a yurt. A yurt, as defined by dictionary.com is:
a tentlike dwelling of the Mongol and Turkic peoples of central Asia, consisting of a cylindrical wall of poles in a lattice arrangement with a conical roof of poles, both covered by felt or skins.
In this case, it was a kit with a canvas material for the roof and walls. The deck proved to be the most challenging, squaring, leveling and piecing together. Once the foundation was built, we erected the yurt no sweat (figuratively seeing how it's Florida).
The structure will provide additional housing and a meeting place for the compound. This was a great success as the crew learned many new carpentry skills and the necessary teamwork that will carry them through this season.