I Want to Build an Igloo

A couple of days ago we had some snow here in Toronto.

It has been rather chilly here since then. No snow on the ground, of course. The leaves haven't even fully left their roosts in the branches. But... it has got me thinking about a little camping and bushcraft.

I want to build an igloo.

I could build it the old-fashioned way:
How to Build an Igloo
Douglas Wilkinson, 1949, 10 min 27 s
But browsing the old inter-web, I came across a site. And now I know what I want for Christmas. I want a Grand Shelters Icebox.

The ICEBOX® igloo construction tool is used for igloo building by creating sequential blocks in place. You set the clamps on the form then fill it while packing. after you have filled it you unclamp it and slide it to the next position. A pole with 8 adjustments, 1 for each layer is used to build igloos with the correct catenary shape and to help support the weight of the snow and form while packing the snow. After finishing 6 rows of the igloo you remove the outside of the form as the wall is now leaning in far enough so the snow can be packed from the outside. The snow only needs to hold its form well enough to stay in place until you start the next block. 8 total rows are built including the final cap.

I am listening to some music tonight. Please join me in the enjoyment of some knee-slapping, toe-tapping ditties.

Led Zeppelin - In My Time Of Dying

Neil Young - Don't Let it Bring You Down

Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii - Echoes (Part 2)

Porno For Pyros - Cursed Female

Hope you're having a nice evening.


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