Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Constructing Tipis
Re: Constructing Tipis
Thu, 15 Apr 1999 08:33:22 -0600
Mark replied to Steve Cobb's querie about building a tipi:
>After pricing the high quality canvas, and calculated the wasted meterial,
>I discovered it was
>cheaper to buy one already made!!! (bought from Panther Primatives and LOVE
>I bought REAL
>poles from Rembrant Leather for $17 each! They were cheaper than the
I wrote Steve privately and told him my experiences and recommendations but
I'll post them here as well. If some of you out there have ACTUALLY MADE a
large tipi, my hat's off to you! You have more guts and time than I do!
Sewing something of that size and fabric weight takes very specialized
equipment and specially configured space. I kinda know whereof I speak as
I work as the Technical Director for the University of Kansas
Theatre.....we sew large drops and soft constructions all the time.
Frankly, even our large industrial Berninas would have a difficult time
pulling through the quadruple thickness of heavy canvas or Sunforger
After the tipi is made you will need to both waterproof and flameproof it.
Flameproofing can be made with Borax and Sal Ammoniac but it's better to
simply buy the Rosco Flamex....25 bucks a gallon.
The poles will need to be lodgepole pine.....you could try something else,
but if your tipi is of any size at all, the weight of the pole will be
quite cumbersome. One typical source for the poles is Montana. We had
someone who had a "cutting permit" and he gave us two sets of thirty foot
poles....a real break. You can get a permit to cut poles yourself.
I agree with Mark. It will end up being MUCH easier on your nerves and
budget to simply purchase a tipi. Our troop has owned two twenty foot
lodges which were purchased from RK Lodge. They're located in Minnesota.
Excellent folks!....and no, I have no connection. We're looking for
another 16 ft lodge. Believe me, it's much easier to do a fundraiser to
earn the money than it is to make one!
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
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