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Old 05-14-2006, 12:40 AM   #1
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Question Tipi Owners Raise your hand!!

I was just wondering how many tipi owners do we have here? And how often do you have it set up/use it?

I have a 19.5footer. And I had it almost a year. My husband bought it for me for my birthday last year. I was so excited!! This is the first lodge in our family since my grandmother.

Today we just put it up again (took it down for winter).
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I have two tipis now. Just sold one. Hey, even two maybe more than I need. One is for Powwows and the other just just camping.
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I have an 18' from Spring Valley lodges, I just take it camping. My biggest problem right now is keeping it cool in the summer heat. I'm thinking about going to a smaller tipi because of the gas prices, too dang expensive!
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I was just wondering how many tipi owners do we have here? And how often do you have it set up/use it?

I have a 19.5footer. And I had it almost a year. My husband bought it for me for my birthday last year. I was so excited!! This is the first lodge in our family since my grandmother.

Today we just put it up again (took it down for winter).

I own 4 tipi's. 2 16 inchers (they're models) ;-) Plus a RK Lodge 14 footer and a Reese 19.6 footer.

Publically i'll use mine for displays at powwows, festivals and scout events.

Privately, i'll use it in my back yard, sometimes to work on it, clean it, or to just enjoy the fire in it during the cold months, plus in spring and fall.

Becareful, if you own tipi's you may be called obsessive.... or as i prefer to be called, enthused. :-D

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I own 4 tipi's. 2 16 inchers (they're models)
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lol.... have been thinking about a slightly larger tipi to use for a dog house when powwowing for the teacup pomerian dog which is more hair than dog. ;-)


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I own 4 tipi's. 2 16 inchers (they're models) ;-) Plus a RK Lodge 14 footer and a Reese 19.6 footer.

Publically i'll use mine for displays at powwows, festivals and scout events.

Privately, i'll use it in my back yard, sometimes to work on it, clean it, or to just enjoy the fire in it during the cold months, plus in spring and fall.

Becareful, if you own tipi's you may be called obsessive.... or as i prefer to be called, enthused. :-D

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This is the first in my family for a long time. I love it!! My wish is to gift a Tipi for the elder's in my family (Dad, Aunties and Uncle). Cause then I know they would never go homeless again. This is the first for my Husband's family. He is cali ndn and their tradish homes were huts. We have our up in our yard now. The kids are excited.

Yes, obsessive..hehe.. I think I join you in that.
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I have an 18' from Spring Valley lodges, I just take it camping. My biggest problem right now is keeping it cool in the summer heat. I'm thinking about going to a smaller tipi because of the gas prices, too dang expensive!

We have a liner. My husband bought mine from Reese Tipi. He got everything for it but the kitchen sink. ha ha ha! The liner works good (for us it seems) on keeping it at least 10degrees cooler in spring/summer.

We haven't hauled it any where yet. but I know we would be doing that soon and going from Cali to South Dakota is a very long haul.
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lol.... have been thinking about a slightly larger tipi to use for a dog house when powwowing for the teacup pomerian dog which is more hair than dog. ;-)


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lol, that is too funny-too cute!
We have a Choco Lab. What size do you think for him.
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I have two tipis now. Just sold one. Hey, even two maybe more than I need. One is for Powwows and the other just just camping.

I forgot to mention that my sis-n-law gave me a tipi lamp for christmas. It is so neat and it is painted too.
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I own 4 tipi's. 2 16 inchers (they're models) ;-) Plus a RK Lodge 14 footer and a Reese 19.6 footer.

Publically i'll use mine for displays at powwows, festivals and scout events.

Privately, i'll use it in my back yard, sometimes to work on it, clean it, or to just enjoy the fire in it during the cold months, plus in spring and fall.

Becareful, if you own tipi's you may be called obsessive.... or as i prefer to be called, enthused. :-D

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Obsessive? Don't think so!!!!! Ever try lighting a fire in a Coleman tent from Wally World????????? A good fire heals the bones.

Our new tipi is made out of metal. We call it the "Tin Tipi". Yep we can drive our tipi to powwows. It's a motorhome. LOL

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lol, that is too funny-too cute!
We have a Choco Lab. What size do you think for him.

Imo, a 4 footer would work since lots of dogs like to curl up to sleep and they don't need a fire.

I used to date this one woman who owned a large lab that would sleep just inside and to the right of the door to my lodge, but that ended with the dating of that woman. lol.

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Obsessive? Don't think so!!!!! Ever try lighting a fire in a Coleman tent from Wally World????????? A good fire heals the bones.

Our new tipi is made out of metal. We call it the "Tin Tipi". Yep we can drive our tipi to powwows. It's a motorhome. LOL

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lol.... in my younger winter backpacking days, i would cook inside my old JanSport Dome Tent, which looking back, was very dangerous and risky, but when you're in your late teens and early twenties, you think you'll live forever.

Now, while the tipi takes more time to set up and tear down, i'm not adverse to letting the fire burn all night on the cold nights especially.

I know there's others who disagree about the liner keeping the tipi cooler in the summer, but i think it does help to keep it cooler, especially when both the cover and liner are raised a few inches off the ground, on the shady side of the tipi/cover. Maybe if my cover was a darker color and not white, it would stay cooler without the liner, but two layers of white cloth does seem to block the sun better than one layer of white cloth.


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I own an Indian dance company and the lighting, sound and props that accompany our performances.

On one of our sets we have two portable 13 ft. tipis, a portable brush arbor and benches to give the facade of an outdoor powwow.

The poles of this tipi are not true tipi poles. They are 4 foot long dowels and can be joined together. Four of these 4 ft. poles joined together will make one 16 ft. pole. This is necessary for travelling by air to different performance venues here and overseas.

Using this technique, these tipis can be rigged for stage where they look full sized, yet the poles are actually set in a football pattern and the excess tipi is clamped in the back - hidden from the audience.

This technique allows more stage room for dancing, while projecting the feeling of a full sized tipi, to our audiences.


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I own an Indian dance company and the lighting, sound and props that accompany our performances.

On one of our sets we have two portable 13 ft. tipis, a portable brush arbor and benches to give the facade of an outdoor powwow.

The poles of this tipi are not true tipi poles. They are 4 foot long dowels and can be joined together. Four of these 4 ft. poles joined together will make one 16 ft. pole. This is necessary for travelling by air to different performance venues here and overseas.

Using this technique, these tipis can be rigged for stage where they look full sized, yet the poles are actually set in a football pattern and the excess tipi is clamped in the back - hidden from the audience.

This technique allows more stage room for dancing, while projecting the feeling of a full sized tipi, to our audiences.


(ps. I also have lodgepole pine for the 'real' poles)

How thick are your dowel poles? How are they joined?

I once did a museum tipi display at the McClung Museum in Knoxville, that involved sitting up my 14 footer outside. The catch was, we had only 30 mins to set it up and to present it. With my daughter (age 13 at the time) and 3 boys from the dance team/drum, and laying out the poles, cover, liners, etc, we got it completely up and furnished within the 30 mins.

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I once did a museum tipi display at the McClung Museum in Knoxville, that involved sitting up my 14 footer outside. The catch was, we had only 30 mins to set it up and to present it. With my daughter (age 13 at the time) and 3 boys from the dance team/drum, and laying out the poles, cover, liners, etc, we got it completely up and furnished within the 30 mins.

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The dowels are 3 in. thick. They are joined together with 15 in. white plastic PVC joints that are secured to one end of the dowel. (the top pole that is viewable to the audience does not have a PVC attachment and is shaved like a natural tipi pole).

Because most stages are slippery, I have 3 carpet rectangles for each tipi that I duct tape down for the 3 support poles. Once all the poles are set, the tipi wrapped around, pegs inserted and the poles are expanded to make the tipi taut, I duct tape the base of all the poles to the stage floor. Then I set the 2 flap poles and duct tape the bases of the poles to the stage floor.
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I own an Indian dance company and the lighting, sound and props that accompany our performances.

On one of our sets we have two portable 13 ft. tipis, a portable brush arbor and benches to give the facade of an outdoor powwow.

The poles of this tipi are not true tipi poles. They are 4 foot long dowels and can be joined together. Four of these 4 ft. poles joined together will make one 16 ft. pole. This is necessary for travelling by air to different performance venues here and overseas.

Using this technique, these tipis can be rigged for stage where they look full sized, yet the poles are actually set in a football pattern and the excess tipi is clamped in the back - hidden from the audience.

This technique allows more stage room for dancing, while projecting the feeling of a full sized tipi, to our audiences.


(ps. I also have lodgepole pine for the 'real' poles)
Working on stage all my life, I can understand the portability thing. When traveling, you gotta pack 50 pounds of stuff in a 2 pound space. Stuff 16 feet long must fit in a shoe box sized case. I know the drill. It's tough to pack for stage work.
Hats off to you!!!!

All of our sound equipment travels in road cases. Sometimes the case weighs more then the stuff inside. Gotta protect your investments somehow.

Ken
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