Sunday, 9 December 2012

Crusoe's Construction





Fagot wall construction for Crusoe's original-coast shelter 
 "In this half-circle I pitched two rows of strong stakes, driving them into the ground till they stood very firm like piles, the biggest end being out of the ground about five feet and a half and a sharpened on the top. The two rows did not stand about six inches from one another. Then I took the pieces of cable which I had cut in the ship, and laid them in rows one upon another, within the circle, between these two rows of stakes, up to the top, placing other stakes in the inside leaning against them, about two feet and a half high, like a spur to a post; and this fence was so strong, that neither man or beast could get into it, or over it."



Crusoe's double layered tent inside the fagot wall.
"I made me a large tent… I made double, viz., one smaller tent within, and one larger tent above it, and covered the uppermost with a large tarpaulin, which I had saved among the sails"



Roof which Crusoe constructed on top of his shelter to protect him and his supplies from the weather.
"Strong pale of posts and cables; but I might now call it a wall, for I raised a kind of wall up against it of turfs, about two feet thick on the outside, and after some time—I think it was a year and a half—I raised rafters from it leading to the rock, and thatched or covered it with boughs of trees."



The bower Crusoe constructed after coming upon a lush valley during  his exploration of the island. This bower serves Crusoe as both a backup shelter and a summer cottage.

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