Once the standing posts have been positioned and are secured upright in the ground by compacting the soil around them, the framework of the house can be assembled. Long, slender trunks of young trees which have grown under the canopy and are straight and virtually free of lateral branches are carefully bent to form four or more horizontal elliptical hoops. The first rings the house at the level of the top of the wall posts, with the others spaced to shape the graceful curve of the roof. Each hoop takes several weeks of constant adjustment until it takes on the desired shape.
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