Re: [SCA Newcomers] General tent advice
- Oh, all of this talk of pavillions is making me jealous. I hope to have my pavillion by Lillies War next June. Do any of you guys have pictures of the "decore" of your pavillions? I need some decorating tips for an early Elizabethian middle-class pavillion. Thanks in advance
Iustinos Tekton called Justin <justin@...> wrote:The thread about weekend camping events got me thinking about tents in
If you are planning to purchase a period tent (and I mean "you" in the
collective sense, not just Lady Christian), you will want to do your homework
thoroughly before you go shopping. There is a lot of variation in quality
between a good tent and a poor one. This is true in the modern tents, too,
but less money is (generally) at stake.
The different styles of period tent are also suited for different purposes
and different camping preferences. Viking A-frames are very quick to set
up and tear down, but the frames can b hard to transport. Bell wedges are
attractive and easy to set up and transport, but aren't very efficient for
space utilization. Marquis and Regency pavilions are extremely comfortable
to live in, and very space-efficient, but require a lot of room to set up
and are a lot of work to erect. Yurts are terrific for resisting wind from
any direction, but can be tricky to set up until you get the hang of it.
And so on, for every different kind of tent.
If you're new to the SCA, and thinking about a period tent, my advice would
be to attend a few camping events first. Hang around with the people who
have period tents, and don't be shy about asking questions. Folks who have
invested $600 to $1500 or more in a tent will be *proud* of it, and they'll
be glad to talk about its features with you. Look at different styles, think
about your own needs and preferences, and then you will be able to make a
more informed choice.
Finally, don't assume that the "stock" tent you buy from Panther Primitives
or Tentmasters, or whomever, has to remain "stock." My lady and I have put
a lot of work into our Panther tent. I designed a modular wooden frame that
allows bookshelves, kitchen counters, and garb racks to be mounted just about
anywhere on the frame. My lady has figured out how to hang lovely tapestries
and lanterns and floral arrangements all around. When you get the tent itself,
the fun part is only beginning! It's great fun to have a shelter that you have
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