Bill Robert's tipi
Bill Roberts's tipi

Dear Kilgraney,
Some time ago I enquired about some thin poles for a Tipi that I'd bought from the States. You asked to have sight of the finished thing so I am attaching the first photos of it. The poles are pine and are 21 foot long. They came from a forestry near Penrith, they were being cleared as they were growing too thin and too tall! One man's rubbish is another man's treasure. We got 22 of them for 60. As you can see they have been stripped and smoothed but they still have to be treated with a 50/50 mix of linseed oil and white spirit. They are still drying at the moment.
This has got to be the best picture I've taken of it. The 'war bonnet' comes from the shape that the poles make at the top. A tipi isn't a cone or circular, it leans slightly to the back and is egg shaped. If the poles are the same length a 'war bonnet' shape is created at the top. I'm getting to be a real tipi anorak!
Bill Roberts
What a magnificent construction, that looks so inspiring against the 20th century boxes.

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Bill Roberts's tipi