How do you make Tipi Poles?
The timbers selected should be straight and free from defects. The poles need to be stripped while green with a draw knife and dried. It is best to select trees that grow straight and quickly. Butt sizes of 4" are optimal but you can use larger butt sizes if necessary. What is the best type of wood? The most mentioned Lodge Pine, Douglas Fir, or Western Red Cedar. Her in the east we often have maples that grow tightly together and very fast. Some of the other things that people have tried are conduit, bamboo and other forms of steel supports.
To cut your own poles, use the following formula: make the poles 5-6 feet longer than the diameter of the tent. As far as the number of poles you need to use, here is what the manufacturer recommends:
9': 11 poles
12': 14 poles
14': 14 poles
16' to 22': 17 poles
Don't want make your tipi poles we sell them, however there is no free freight on them and the freight averages 300-500 dollars.