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06 January 2011 @ 01:53 pm
Summer camping plans  
I'm thinking about getting a wall tent and tricking it out like a Viking Hall. I already have a rocking bed and some nice chests. I'm thinking some wall hangings and banners and maybe a sexy Pictish bench...

Anyone have suggestions/recommendations about wall tent sizes/options/suppliers?
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marwen42marwen42 on January 6th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
That would be excellent. :-)
Uncle Mikeybelmikey on January 6th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
sexy Picitsh bench...

That's...just not a phrase you hear every day :-)
eithni: Pictisheithni on January 6th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
But you SHOULD. ;)
ego_id_non_feciego_id_non_feci on January 11th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
I myself was caught in the sensory overload imagery of the rocking bed.

Rocking chair, rocking horse... rocking bed... mmmmmmm.
eithni: darkladyeithni on January 11th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
Heh. I thought about that too, after I wrote it. No, generally the bed is not literally a rocking bed... but it is a good night when it does! ;)
Hrothny: warrior penguinsstitchwhich on January 6th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Mine is 10x12' at the floor, and 7' at the highest point. What I've discovered is that it is very easy to have the bed stretch across the back wall (I strongly suggest getting the second set of doors back there so you can create a cross-breeze as you need it.) and then use the rest of the tent as a room... the bed acts as a secondary seating area.

While my tent is quite comfortable for a three-week camping event, it is not large enough to be a Hall - although I get a surprising amount of furniture in there. Really, too much of it. Going down down the right wall, I have the twin-size bed, a two foot wide set of shelves, my Oseberg chair, and a large (veggie-shopping sized) basket. On the other wall, there is a dirty clothes basket, some white space (so I can easily move around the foot of the bed), 2 1x2 clothes chests, and a 4x2 table with a folding Anglo-Saxon chair in front of it. In the middle of the tent, under the hanging lamp (and keeping me from banging my head into the lamp) is another 1x2 chest.

And yet the tent does not look crowded. And I can seat 4 people comfortably and 7 if I use the bed and the middle chest. The tabs sticking out where the roof/wall joins are cry out for a 'hall tapestry' to be hung from them.

So that is a 10x12. I don't know what your vision is for your Hall, but I hope my description helps you.
eithni: Pictisheithni on January 6th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thank you! That is pretty similar to what I'd like to do, so it is very helpful.
Hrothny: warrior penguinsstitchwhich on January 6th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
I got mine from Fall Creek Sutlery - we've bought 5 from them, so far, along with a couple of A-line tents and are very happy with them. They're a small family business and offer a 100% warranty, which I really appreciate (and have used once - our fault on the damage but they honored it anyway).
eithni: Pictisheithni on January 6th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
Cool. I got my A frames from them, but want to try this new concept and have never been in one of their wall tents. DO you just stake out the sides, or do you have side poles as well?
Gabriel andvakagxdm on January 6th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
I think a Viking hall and Pictish bench in a wall tent might be confused, but its good!

FC Sutlery as others have mentioned, is a good site. And I agree with the 10x12 being a good size.
eithni: Pictisheithni on January 6th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Well, it will really be more of a Pictish house than a Viking hall, but there is significant overlap in decorating theme and more people understand what is meant by Viking Hall, so I used that as the shorthand.
Gabriel andvakagxdm on January 6th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
So, what you are saying is that you're just trying to confuse us. I see how you are. :)

A serious comment, I and another person lived in a 10x12 wall for a summer. Its a good size. (I had to look up the size. :) )
eithni: Pictisheithni on January 6th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Confusion, mayhem, my work here is done. ;)
whymcwhymc on January 6th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
I remain a huge fan of Fall Creek - iirc, they do some larger wall tents... or you could use the pavilion of doom!
eithni: Pictisheithni on January 6th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
I was looking at the hospital tent and suspecting that was overkill... but still being seduced by it... I'll prolly opt for the large wall tent, though.

The Pavilion of Doom has actually found a new home - Tara from Nordskogen has turned it into a tea house. It was a lifesaver at WW this year - yummy fancy iced tea whenever I wanted it.

Edited at 2011-01-06 11:09 pm (UTC)
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on January 6th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
I was just talking to Isabella (Chickenhawk) about the fact that the Midrealm has a longhouse tent, complete with brass fittings and some kind of nifty light source. She apparently was gambling in it at Pennsic. I'll ask her for more details.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on January 6th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
(That is, a long pavilion which has been outfitted to resemble a longhouse.)