Some time ago I enquired about some thin poles for a Tipi that I'd bought
from the States. You asked to have sight of the finished thing so I am attaching
the first photos of it. The poles are pine and are 21 foot long. They came
from a forestry near Penrith, they were being cleared as they were growing
too thin and too tall! One man's rubbish is another man's treasure. We got
22 of them for £60. As you can see they have been stripped and smoothed but
they still have to be treated with a 50/50 mix of linseed oil and white spirit.
They are still drying at the moment.
This has got to be the best picture I've taken of it. The 'war bonnet' comes
from the shape that the poles make at the top. A tipi isn't a cone or circular,
it leans slightly to the back and is egg shaped. If the poles are the same
length a 'war bonnet' shape is created at the top. I'm getting to be a real
What a magnificent construction, that looks so inspiring
against the 20th century boxes.