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The Round Pavilion, in one form or another, goes back at least to the 12th century in Europe and the Byzantine Empire. Based on a survey of period art, they were, by far, the most popular style of tent for a good five centuries or more.

Why? Efficient use of material, ease of packing, very good wind/weather resistance, beautiful form, … the list goes on.

I use the hub & spoke structure. I have good evidence for its being an authentic period practice, and it is extremely functional. If you desire a rope supported round tent (which is also undoubtedly a period practice), I’d be very happy to make you one. I just feel that the hub and spoke version is superior for most situations so it’s my standard version.

As with all my tents, two doors are standard. A splice in the center pole is also standard. This keeps all the poles under 7′ long. Removable walls are standard on hub&spoke round pavilions. Standard wall height is 6′ 9″ and walls slope outward 2′. Modifications to wall height and slope are possible, just contact me for a price.

I have spent so much time developing Round Pavilion that it has become necessary to offer them in two grades. I call them the Essential and the Stalwart.


Absolutely the best round pavilion I know how to make. Every detail lavished… Narrow panels for more strength and more stakes… Oil tanned leather patches for stake loop reinforcements… Heavier weight center pole standard in the 16′ and larger sizes… Colored seam-stripes or similar decoration included at no extra cost. Curved roof and wall panels standard… Stalwarts Stand Out in a crowd and Stand Up to weather that flattens much of the rest of the camp. Exact details vary because each Stalwart is the state-of-the-art, as I know it, at the time it is made.


The Essential is the distilled essence of round pavilion. Though they have a lower price than the Stalwart, they are in no way an “economy” model. These include all the craftsmanship and engineering that my tents have become known for. The panels are wider (about 25″ vs about 17″) which means fewer spokes and fewer stakes. This adds up to less weight and easier set-up. Though not as tough as a Stalwart, the shape and quality materials and construction still allows them to weather storms that knock down lesser tents.

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Stalwart Round Pavilion Prices

Size, Base
Fits Bed
Price, Complete
1812'Single2600160no charge180/220no chargeno charge
2013'Full2800180no charge210/260no chargeno charge
2214'Queen3100200no charge240/300no chargeno charge
2415'Queen3500220no charge270/340no chargeno charge
2616'King4000250no charge300/380no chargeno charge
2817'Q radially4600280no charge330/420no chargeno charge
3018'K radially5300310no charge360/460no chargeno charge

Essential Round Pavilion Prices

Size, Base
Fits Bed
Price, Complete
1413'Full175018060210/26070no charge
1615'Queen215022070270/34080no charge
1817'King265028080330/420100no charge

A note on beds:

There is a bit of three dimensional geometry involved in determining if a bed will fit. Therefore I’ve made a few assumptions to arrive at the above figures.

  1. A bed is 8 inches longer than the standard mattress size.
  2. Bed posts are 2 1/2 feet tall.

This is reasonable for a basic camp bed, but big fancy headboards and such might not fit. Contact me if you need to know if a specific bed will fit.