About kochevnik

Hi. My name is Vlad:

I was born in the Soviet Union and woke up in Kazakhstan. During my 36 years, I’ve lived in and travelled to 30 countries – my first big move was to Canada in 2002, and in 2008 I decided to move to Southeast Asia. In 2013, I moved to Montreal for a very cold winter, and eventually settled in Ottawa in 2015. more


Post winter update and future plans

Add November 16, 2017, by Kochevnik
Hello, my faithful followers. I am sorry I made you wait for this post. A lot of things happened since my last update. In short, I lost my consulting...

The First Day of Spring, Finally.

Add April 17, 2017, by Kochevnik
Hello, my dear readers. It’s time to reflect on the last 5 winter months. It was wonderful at times to see fresh snow falling from grey skies and to...

Thermoelectric power for the yurt! I almost got it!

Add January 4, 2017, by Kochevnik
Hello, my faithful readers! *I will be making a video post on this subject with all the details of this less-than-successful journey and will only outline my basic findings and...

Getting ready for winter. Wood stove in a yurt. UPD-Propane heater added

Add October 22, 2016, by Kochevnik
Hello, my dear readers. *UPDATE Jan 2017 Unfortunately the small wood stove that I got is not enough for my poorly insulated dwelling. When the temp went down to...
Last updates

Yurt’s decoration – practical, colorful and comfortable

April 29, 2016
The inside of the yurt is divided into the modules; each of them, according to the tradition, has its own domestic function. Space near the door is called bosaga...

Inner space and symbolism of the Kazakh yurt

February 17, 2016
In the process of adaptation in the ecosystem and creation of economic and cultural products, nomads have created the masterpiece of global civilization – the yurt. In a way,...

Decorative Arts And Crafts Of The Kazakh – Felting -Video with English subtitles

September 29, 2015
We just posted a video with English subtitles on Felt making. Transcribed below Decorative Arts And Crafts Of The Kazakh Felting Art Among varieties of Kazakh folk arts and...

Kazakh carpets – History and tradition

September 15, 2015
Translated article from here In the economy of the Kazakhs, along with cattle breeding, low commodity farming (based on the primitive methods of land cultivation and tools), fishing, and, to...