My first encounter with a Conic Shelter was in 2002 and while I cruising Black Rock City, the temporary Nevada city also known as The Burning Man Project. The soft, curved, contiguous wood canopy of the structure that I saw there had a remarkably organic feel when placed among the many shade tarps, parachutes and tents that make up the fleeting metropolis. The sound of fabric snapping in the blasts of strong desert wind is so common to playa life that the Conic Shelter was starkly quiet by comparison. The sweeping canopy of bending wood panels seemed to defy all building logic. A closer look at the fastening system produced in me a late "ah ha" as I reasoned that I actually might be able to make one of these! So I went digging for more DIY info.