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Re: Pavilion Architecture Questions

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  • tracystar2000
    Greetings unto the group! My name is Malaki Dracwin and I am new to this group. Please forgive this rather lengthy first post. I haven t yet gotten to read all
    Message 1 of 10 , Feb 3, 2007
      Greetings unto the group!

      My name is Malaki Dracwin and I am new to this group. Please forgive
      this rather lengthy first post.

      I haven't yet gotten to read all of the past posts, but this pavilion
      pole issue is one that I have dealt with before. Too often these
      things are over-engeneered. In my experience, lighter is better. When
      my wife and I were first married we purchased a double bell wedge
      from Panther. It has only a 5' ridgepole, but the two poles that went
      from the ends of the ridge, although only 1.25" in diameter, took up
      a LOT of floor space. To remedy this I built a new ridgepole of
      mahogany (light-weight and strong) and set it so that one of its
      rounded corners (square cross section) fit into the top of the ridge.
      I then drilled four holes for upright poles that matched the angle of
      the sides of the tent, which I reinforced by gluing in steel tubing
      within which the all thread of the poles would slide, preventing
      undue wear and tear. The pole set-up resembled the frame for a swing
      set. This works especially well in the high winds of Ansteorra.

      A few years later we purchased a large pavilion from Tent Masters,
      measuring about 10' x 20' at its base. With the ridge pole (2" x 2" x
      8') set in on top of two 1.25" diameter poles, the pavilion stood
      well enough but we once again found ourselves with the pole problem
      in the most inconvenient of places.

      While studying architecture I became fascinated with the concept of
      the compression ring. Such a ring is used in Mongolian gers (yurts)
      in the form of a very long, woven belt that girdles the top of the
      lattice, keeping the center ring and rafter poles from pushing it
      outwards. I noticed that our large pavilion already had a compression
      ring of sorts in the guise of the drip flap, which was reinforced
      with heavy, woven cord. This sparked an idea.

      I made a ridgepole of laminated mahogany (2" x 2") with the two holes
      for the all thread of the vertical poles. These were specifically for
      pitching the tent. The ends of the ridgepole had a horizontal double
      hole in each end. Into these double holes went a piece of 1/4" steel
      wire bent into the shape of a Y, the base being doubled and therefore
      would keep the Y from twisting in the hole. Once the pavilion was
      pitched (with the Y's in place) a rafter pole would be put into
      place. Each rafter pole had a 1/4" hole in the top end and a screw
      eye in the bottom end. Because my parameter poles are all 1.25" dowel
      rod (as straight of grain as possible) with 1/4" all-thread glued
      into the top end for the rope, all one had to do was to stab the arm
      of the Y into the hole of the rafter pole, remove the rope from that
      corresponding corner pole, slip the screw eye onto the all thread and
      replace the rope, making sure that the drip flap compression ring was
      well seated over the pole (the edges of the poll ends should be
      rounded off to prevent wear on the canvas). Do this to all four
      corners and you have a pavilion with no center poles (a rather
      magical feeling when one walks in).

      I realize that this sounds pretty flimsy, but I never had a problem
      with it coming down on my head, even during near-tornadic weather. We
      have even had a slight snowfall on the tent without any form of
      mishap. Admittedly it is a bit of fun to set up, but it works.

      Good luck with yours!
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