An innovative use for stretch film in making a bush shelter…

This Russian guy is cool. He’s a St. Petersburg lawyer who spent a few years of summer vacations building a log cabin. Here he shows how he built surprisingly long-lived temp structures with saplings and stretch film, a material I wouldn’t have considered…


I doubt this would work for very long anywhere UV is a consideration. But as a quick way to waterproof a structure without having to figure out how to fold a tarp just right, it’s clever.

The second temp structure is a hoop shed, with which I have some experience. Always a good design, simple and windproof, if you don’t mind open ends.

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5 Responses to An innovative use for stretch film in making a bush shelter…

  1. free.and.true says:

    That is freaking COOL. What great ideas and sensible execution. The ultralight kayak is sweet too!

  2. Ben says:

    I suspect that under certain conditions that dome seriously traps moisture and drips condensation inside. But yes, it’s a cool idea. I love the idea of the radiant heating.

    And I’m no craftsman, so if someone would sell a frame kit for that kayak for a reasonable price I might consider trying it.

  3. Winston Smith says:

    Amazing guy. His channel is going to keep me busy for a while, I can see that.
    THANKS!

  4. Keith says:

    That is cool.

    There are opaque films available, in roll lengths of several thousand metres, for wrapping silage bales; black, white and even pink. I’m guessing that they have a bit more resistance to uv degradation.

    I’ve done a little bit of film wrapping of palletised loads and packing crates. Perhaps just enough experience to be dangerous?

    I guess that with a little bit more time you could build an overlapping upper dome as a mushroom shaped vent, or even some little vent arches, as long as you get sufficient overlap to stop them letting rain in.

  5. Surculus says:

    Finally, a use for that 1/2 roll of stretch film I found lying by the side of the road! Oh wait, I live where there’s lots of sun & not much precipitation. Never miiiiiiind… [/Emily Litella] 😉 Thanks for the link to the channel tho’, it seems like it has merit for further investigation!

To the stake with the heretic!