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More decoration

July 27, 2015 in Tents by Fritz

Integral seam stripes were quite the revelation for me a few years ago. Over the course of 40 or 50 tents they have gone from being novel and amazing to nice, but kind of boring. So I decided to kick it up a notch. 

I was already planning to make this tent with a red valance wall base, but I had a bit of yellow Sunbrella left over from another project and thought I could put it to good use. The red with yellow diagonal stripes will be repeated at the peak, the eaves, and at the ground.
Here is one of the many inspiration pics (The lavish appliquéd liner will have to wait for another project)

 Peak decorations appliquéd before the final roof seam is done.   

Final roof seam done. Still needs peak cap and valance.


 Roof is finished. 

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The Stalwart and the Essential

March 7, 2015 in Tents by Fritz

The Stalwart is everything I know about round pavilions. Narrow panels (~17″), integral appliquéd decoration, leather reinforcement patches, curved walls and roof. It is the strongest, most beautiful, and most authentic tent I can make.

The Essential is lighter and simpler. Wider panels (~25″) mean fewer spokes and stakes and thus less weight. It is still, in every way, a premium tent. It still includes oil-finished ash poles, hemp ropes, hand-forged square iron stakes, and top quality canvas.



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Stripes, Top-to-Bottom

July 15, 2014 in Tents by Fritz






Here’s a big one; 17′. The owner wanted the stripes to go all the way from the peak to the ground, so I modified my pattern to make that possible. This one will also get a blue floor and a gold ball and tiny flag, a la Field of the Cloth of Gold.

The tent also has an extra heavy center-pole (~3″ square vs. my usual ~2″ square) It’s a heavy pole, and I was a bit apprehensive at first, but it looks just right in that big tent. While it is about twice as heavy as the 2″ pole, it is about 3x as strong and 4x as stiff. I imagine that it will be very confidence inspiring on those stormy days and nights that we all love to hate.

The usual curved end to the chamfers on the lower center pole looked very “router-y” since they were so much larger than normal. I hand carved “dart-stops” on them. Very pleased with the way those turned out.

This is now my favorite tent that I’ve made. (They almost always are when I’ve just finished something new, not without good reason). Personally, I’ve always gone for more moderate sizes (14′ -15′), but now that we are campaigning with a toddler (and an infant on the way) a bigger tent is starting to look like a good idea.


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Round pavilion Indoors

November 20, 2013 in Tents by Fritz

I fit the poles to each tent I make. This consists of making the poles a little bit too long to start with and trying to set-up the tent. Trim a bit off, set the tent up again. Rinse, repeat, until the the poles fit perfectly. I’ve slowly gotten better at it; I can start closer to the right size and trim more each time, getting to just right a lot faster, but one thing I have not been able to control is the weather and Mister Murphy’s effects there on.

Invariably, as soon as you start setting up tent (whose poles do not fit and is therefore not particularly weather resistant) the weather gets blustery. Rain/snow clouds will show up in a previously clear sky within an hour of starting this endeavor.

There is a large space in the building my shop is in. It’s not my space, but I can use it occasionally. The only problem is that it’s really hard to drive stakes into a concrete floor. So, I came up with a sandbag arrangement to replace the stakes and viola. The first run was yesterday and today. Just a little tweaking and it worked like a charm. I was able to fit two tents, indoors. The weather outside was, predictably, beautiful.