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A medieval pavillion. I think it's about 12 feet tall, held up by a single pole with spokes that support a ring formed by slats inserted in the eaves. It is important to me that the tent has the same proportions and look as you see in illuminated manuscripts and paintings.
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This Pavillion was designed to unfold like an umbrella. The center hub slides up the pole and the spokes pivot on the ropes that run thru them. It was inspired by spoked round pavillion designs, umbrellas and beach shades. Is it medieval? Yes and no.
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The same tent as above, with me and some other medieval equipment in front of it.
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Here is the same pavillion. As well as spokes it has slats that slide into pockets at the eaves. This gives the tent a nice round appearance like you see in medieval artwork. The spokes stabilize the hula-hoop formed by the slats and make a handy place to hang things from. The walls hang from the eaves by button like dowels and loops.
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This is a larger pavillion, about 16 feet tall. It was sewn before the one above. It is a single pole with spokes holding out the eaves. I looked at many pictures of pavillions to decide on a design. I made drawings and paper models to make sure my design was correct. I cut out all the panels, and with the help of a friend and her industrial sewing machine, over a long weekend the tent was sewn together. The walls and the top are all one piece. Someday I would like to paint decorative lines and patterns on it.
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The same tent as above. This has been a great tent! We have used this tent at Pennsic (a large medieval camping event) for many years now. It is a very sturdy design, giving lots of room.
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