Saturday, January 5, 2013

Estrella War - Period Pavilion Links

 It may be too late to sew your own period pavilion this year, but it's a splendid time to dream and to plan.  Then, when you go to Estrella, you can look at real tents, talk to the owners, find out what works for them and what doesn't, and think about what you and your family really need.

Alternatively, you could race out this weekend, buy all the materials, and make it yourself like a crazy person.  After all, why not?  You are in the SCA :-)

Medieval Pavilion Resources - a HUGE library of links for tents, camping furniture and lots, lots more

Max & Mickel's Easy, No-bake Pavilion - I've never made my own pavilion, but if I were planning to, this would be a great place to start, because there are detailed diagrams and photographs of the niggling details like how to put in a grommet and how to lubricate your sewing machine needle to keep it from self-destructing.  No matter what pavilion you decide to make, you should read this site first.

Deborah and Steve's Plausibly Medieval Pavilions - these two have made lots of pavilions; they aspire to "high-end" accuracy; and there are lots of good links, including a link to images of surviving medieval tents - an invaluable resource if you are planning to use your pavilion as an A&S competition project.

Lastly, if you're as lazy - excuse me, as busy - as I am, and you simply want to purchase a durable, attractive tent to replace your nylon "earth pimple," check out these two vendors.  I bought my period tent from Tentsmiths, was completely satisfied with the product and received everything in great condition, on time; Panther Primitives is another vendor that many SCAdians swear by.

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