Friday, July 19, 2013

Pavilion project: Part VII

1. The sectional tent pole and hoop. All of the joints are skarf joints reinforced by a pair of steel bands formed on a mandrel. The bands on the pole are tinned, those on the hoop galvanized. The pole is Home Depot Select Pine. The wood is ash, steam bent to shape by Amish wood benders. Sew your canopy before you order the hoop, as over many seams small variations can add up to a significant difference in the final circumference.

2. The gilded flagstaff and ball atop the tent. Everything but the pole, hoop and pegs can fit into a single 27 gallon container, but the result is rather heavy so I will see if it can be efficiently divided into two smaller containers. Update: it can. Everything but the pole and hoop fit comfortably into two 18 gallon containers, including wooden pegs and mallet.  A blue flannel bag to protect the gilded ball is visible to the right of the blue cone beneath the gilded ball.

3. Tent pegs, wooden mallet, and base for the tent pole. Without a base the tent pole tends to drive a deep crater into the circular jute rug I plan to use inside the tent.

4 & 5. The shoulder guys form a three rope crow's foot at the top, and are tied to tinned hooks for flexibility in repositioning or using a greater or lesser number of guys.

6. A blue flannel bag to protect the gilded ball in transit.

7. The woodbender did not provide the ordered radius for the wood hoop, but about eight inches less in diameter. Since what I wanted was not a standard size, they bent to a smaller radius on one of of their standard press forms, and then relaxed the wood to attempt to achieve the desired radius. The result is only an approximation of the desired result, and so takes a lot more effort to assemble or disassemble than it should. Allow yourself plenty of time for the bending order: in my case the benders claimed they could meet the needed schedule but started late, and probably shipped before the segments had entirely dried.

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