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I’ve thought of building a dome for years, and when I was looking for a quick and relatively inexpensive place to put my workshop for the winter, this kit from Shelter Systems seemed like just the ticket. Based in Santa Cruz, Calif., Shelter Systems is still using the same non-puncturing “grip clip” technology they used in the 80s to make mod-friendly yurt-dome hybrid structures (panels are shingled together and easily replaceable).

These things are adaptable for snow and woodstoves, and they’re great for greenhouses (they also come with translucent panels). The tent was surprisingly easy and fun to set up (we actually had to fight off volunteers who wanted to help), and we got it standing in about 30 minutes. Let it rain!


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