This handmade range tent or tee pee was originally designed and manufactured for working cowboys by a company in operation since 1909. The tents are still made in the same way – with double-fill, A-grade canvas, also called “cotton duck” (from the Dutch word for cloth, doek). Double-fill canvas is woven of fibers from the interior of the cotton bulb, creating a very tight, smooth and strong weave that is less prone to shrinking. The oak stakes and Douglas fir poles are all made from wood sourced in the surrounding region.
The tent works best for long-term camping or car camping in dry conditions. If you are planning to backpack across the Appalachian or Pacific Coast Trail, this tent may not be the best option, as it weighs about 20 pounds.
Find a reasonably level plot of ground, free from rocks and debris. Remove the tent from the bag, roll it out and pull the four corners out until a rectangle is formed. Stake down all the corners so that the floor is pulled tight.
The tent can be erected with wooden poles made by the manufacturer or with a sturdy overhanging tree branch. It should take about five minutes to assemble and disassemble the tent.
If using poles: Assemble the poles by inserting the free ends of the hinged tent pole into the sleeves on the unhinged poles. Extend the poles so that they lay approximately 180 degrees (more or less flat and straight). Lay the poles over the tent, parallel to the front/door of the tent, so that the hook in the hinged middle of the poles is in the center of the tent. Hook the Dee ring sewn into the top of the tent into the hook. Bring the ends of the poles in toward the side of the tent until the desired height is achieved. The ends of the poles should be planted more or less at the midpoints of the side of the tent.
If using a tree branch: Tie a rope to the Dee ring in the top of the tent, throw the rope over a suitably strong and high tree branch, pull up tent to desired height. Tie off rope. Once the tent is erected, stake down the remaining loops.
Dry out completely before storing.
Should your tent be afflicted with mildew, apply a diluted Lysol solution (a few capfuls in a gallon of water) with a soft brush. Allow to dry completely. While this will not remove the mildew stain, it will kill the growth and prevent damage to your tent.
Similalry, use our Outerware & Fabric Waterproofing Wax to ensure that the cotton canvas is water-resistant. A reassuring rebuff to morning dew or low evening fog.
This custom canvas shop was founded in 1909 to service the needs of local shops and ranches in Sheridan, Wyoming. Back then, the downtown businesses ordered custom awnings to keep their stores cool and the surrounding ranches needed tents and other canvas products for their work on the range.
The company is now headed by husband and wife Don and Kelly Gould, and their biggest customers are still working cowboys and the loyal locals, requesting custom covers for their outdoor grills or other bespoke item. Don and Kelly often pack up after work on a Friday with their kids and dog for a quick weekend camping trip in the Bighorn National Forest of Northern Wyoming. They set up one of their handmade tents and sleep amidst the mountains and pines and under the stars.
100% double-fill, A-grade canvas tent for camping, playroom or backyard. Screen window with canvas flap secured by brass zipper. Includes oak stakes and Douglas fir poles with steel fittings. Measures 7 x 9 feet. Ships in 3 weeks.
Base: 7 feet x 9 feet
(2.1 m x 2.7 m)
Height is adjustable
100% cotton canvas
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