Frequently Asked Questions


I'm always happy to answer any questions you might have. You can call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell). Or send email.

Or you can write to me at 2325 'O' Street Road, Milford, NE 68405.

But before you go to the trouble of getting in touch with me, you might want to look through this file. After 35 years of crafting tipis and other shelters, I can't begin to tell you what all has come up. The following are just a few samples. They're real questions from real people. I hear some of them a lot. Others are a bit less common, but they might give you what you need to know to figure out the answer to your particular question.

If not, please let me know. You might help me add other useful info to this FAQ file.




My wife has listed our house for sale and we haven't begun to dig the basement for the new one. Can you please send a catalog, quick?

You bet! To get your free catalog, scroll up and click on Free Catalog on the right side of this screen.


What are the shipping charges to ( fill in the blank ) for a ( fill in the blank )?

Shipping charges range all over the map (literally and figuratively). Canvas alone is less expensive to ship than complete tents or tipis. So most prices in our catalog do not include shipping charges. Tipi poles usually ship for between $200 and $500. It's all based on zip code. For a shipping quotes, please send your city and zip code via email or call 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) for a quote.


Do you ship tipis and tents with poles, pegs and everything?

Complete tipi packages include everything, although you can buy all of the components separately.

All other tents (not tipis) are priced with canvas only. Poles, pins, pegs, rope and etc. are available individually or, in some cases, packaged together in kits. Prices vary from tent to tent. Please send email, or call 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) (cell) for a quote. I can also supply you with the information necessary to make or buy your own poles locally and save yourself some shipping costs.


How are your products shipped?

Canvas usually goes UPS. Poles are always shipped via freight, unless they're under 9 ft, when they can be shipped less expensively through UPS.


What is the time needed to make and deliver a tipi or tent?

It's possible you could have one in a few days. Or it might take several weeks. It depends on the workload, what I have in stock, what my rendezvous schedule is, and all that stuff. Ask when you're interested, and I'll give you an answer right away. Call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) or leave email.


What sort of guarantee do you have?

The absolute best in the business -- virtually a lifetime guarantee! Scroll up and click on Don's Incredible Guarantee on the right side of this screen for details.


What is your most popular tipi, and why?

The most common size tipi we sell is the 18 foot (5.5 meter), which can easily accommodate six to 10 people. It's the largest tipi that can be set up by one person without much trouble.


How do I set up my tipi?

When you buy a tipi from me, you receive a free copy of my video (VHS or DVD -- your choice), Pointy Side Up. That takes you step-by-step through the process. Each of my tipis also comes with wrinkles at no extra charge! That's a very important part of your experience with a Don Strinz Tipi. Read how to set up a tipi here and you'll see what I mean. Then feel free to call me if you have any questions.


I'm going to be hunting with some buddies. I thought about getting a wall tent, but I was wondering if a tipi would be better. What do you think?

Tipis are great. There's nothing like an open fire in a tipi if your main idea is to be out in nature. But when it comes to hunting, you might be better off with a 1790s Officer's Tent, or a wall tent, equipped with a Porta-Heat Stove. It takes about one-quarter to one-third as much wood to heat a tent with a stove as it takes to heat a tipi. I would just as soon have a wall tent or 1790s Officer's Tent when I'm hunting. That's just my preference, of course. Looking out at the stars through that big hole in the tipi can't be beat in many circumstances, despite the fact that the hole sucks up lots of heat from the fire. But if your main idea is hunting and keeping comfortably warm with the minimum amount of work, a wall tent or 1790s Officer's Tent is preferrable.


I want a ( fill in the blank ) and I will be at the ( fill in the blank ) rendezvous. Could you bring one with you if you plan to attend?

Yes, most likely. But I gotta say it depends on what we have in stock and what our backlog is. Sometimes two weeks' notice is enough. Sometimes I need eight weeks. Send email or call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) as soon as you know what you want, and we'll all try, like always, to accommodate you because you're one of our favorite people (our customers).


It gets hot here in central California in the summer -- about 105 degrees -- so we'd be interested in knowing how to locate and "adjust" the tipi for maximum cooling, especially in the evenings.

Moving the tent flaps and doing the other things that cool your tipi is complicated to explain, but it's something you'll catch on to pretty quickly. I can't really address it properly here. If you see me at a rendezvous or other event, come on over and say 'Hi' and I'll give you a demonstration. Or you can take a look at my video, Pointy Side Up, where I show some of the techniques I like to use. Ask your local library if they have a copy, or scroll up and click on Return To Store in the top left corner of this page, then click on Videos, Books & Other Media.


What are tipi poles made of?

Tipi poles are made of lodgepole pine or balsam fir, depending on what is available. They're equally good.

The lodgepole pine is a little bit heavier than the balsam fir. It is also more flexible. This makes it less brittle, so it doesn't break easily. The advantage of the balsam fir is that it is lighter and more rigid, adding to the stability of the tipi. A good wind has a tendency to push on the poles and bend them slightly inward. As they are bent to a curve, they actually lose length from the tie point to where they sit on the ground. This allows the poles to slide inward toward the center of the tipi. After a period of wind gusts, the poles will be sitting in a precarious manner. Instead of resting at the angle desired, your tipi will be in more of a straight up-and-down position, creating a flat surface for the wind to push it over ... which is unacceptable when I'm sleeping in it.


I am cutting quite a few eastern red cedars. Would these work for tipi poles?

Yes, we have used them in the past. However, they're heavy. And we found the warpage after they were peeled made them less than desirable for anything except coastal saltwater air situations, where the cedar is actually superior to the lodgepole pine and balsam fir. Even there, they will curl. And I mean actively bend as the day goes on, to the extent that you can actually see them doing it.


I want to heat my tipi, perhaps by making a center pole chimney, and adding a wood stove to the pole. Would this work? Are there any safety issues, or do you have any advice regarding this?

Tipis are typically heated quite comfortably with an open fire. The tipi is really the only structure that works well with an open fire in the middle, which makes for the most romantic camping situation possible. There is nothing that can beat the feel of going to bed with a crackling fire burning in front of your face, and waking up to a nice set of coals for your morning coffee.

However, for heating a tipi, a wood-burning stove can be used. Most people who do this will put up two sections of stovepipe, which comes up about four feet above the stove. Assuming your stove is two feet tall, this will bring the smokestack to approximately six feet, which is probably about the level of your head. This way, the smoke should be drawn out by the natural ventilation of the tipi.

I see no reason for using a pole to hold the smokestack, as there is no wind to blow it down inside the tipi. (This is assuming your stovepipe comes out the top of your stove. Of course, if the pipe comes out the side or back, with an elbow, you will need some type of metal apparatus to keep the pipe from falling.)

On occasion, we have put insulated stove holes out the side of the tipi for extremely cold conditions. This was for people like our friends living year-round in their tipis up by Fargo, North Dakota.

In case you missed it in our catalog or online products list, we sell Porta Heat Stoves. Many of our customers have used them very successfully and satisfactorily for heating all types of tents. The size of your stove can be determined by how heavy of a stove you want to carry with you, and how frequently you want to feed it. The heat exchanger adds approximately 40% more efficiency to the wood you burn, as it keeps the heat inside your tent longer. I always recommend the spark arrester for safety. For more info, or to order, scroll up and click on Return To Store in the top left corner of this page, then click on Stoves & Iron Goods.


On the pyramid page of your website, at the top of the page, you show five tents. Starting from left and heading right, what are the sizes of each?

16x16, 14x14, 12x12, 10x10 & 7x7


How many square feet per person do you recommend in a pyramid?

It's kind of hard to give you a figure in terms of square feet. But I can tell you this:

A 7x7 will easily house two adults, but there is just enough room to crawl on your hands and knees inside, lay down, and you're going to be wall-to-wall people. This size is extremely nice when weight of the tent is highly important (approximately 12-15 lbs).

The 8x8 is also for no more than two people, but does allow about 5'6" of head room, which enough room to stand up and pull on your pants if you're about the size of most folks..

The 10x10 is the smallest size I recommend for campers who want to walk around in their tent. This is extremely nice for one or two people to camp in with a stove and a minimal amount of STUFF.

The 12x12 is extremely nice for two adults. It can comfortably house two adults and one or two small children, and their STUFF.

The 14x14 is our most popular size. Most people who have ordered a 12x12 for two or more people come back within a couple of years and order a 14x14. It's just as easy to set up, gives you lots more room inside, and STUFF is important to these folks.

The 16x16 is getting quite large. This isn't as easy to manage or set up as the smaller pyramids. It generally goes to people who will be camping with 4-6 people and their STUFF. The majority of the people who like it are tempted to get the 1790s Officer's Tent instead, which is considerably more roomy, but it's more of a hassle to set up. (The 1790s Officer's Tent is great for extended campouts.)

Check out the Pyramids in the Store to get an idea of the size of the 16x16, 14x14, 12x12, 10x10, and 7x7 tents.

Now, as you notice, I have been referring to STUFF. This is a very important thing to the average American citizen. It takes up considerably more room than people do. I can't tell you how large a tent you need because only you know how much STUFF you have. That's up to you to gauge.

In any case, always remember this: Junk (STUFF) will expand to take up the available space.


I appreciate the fact that you are in the business of selling tipis but could you give me some pointers on how to make them?

I'm always glad to jaw a bit about making tipis. And I appreciate your desire to build it yourself. That's what's behind my motto: Wrinkles No Extra Charge.

You might also be interested in my video (available in VHS or DVD format), and a book I recommend. They're each priced under $25, plus shipping. Scroll up and click on Return To Store in the top left corner of this page, then click on Videos, Books & Other Media if you're interested. The book and video can be purchased separately, or together at a discount. The book is especially useful if you want to build your own tipi.


How did you get involved with tipis?

Back in the mid-1960s I got interested in shooting muzzelloading rifles in competition. We would go away for competitive events several times a year, staying in numerous camping shelters including Coleman tents, pickup campers, and so forth.

My wife at the time was one of these people who caught a cold when the sun went down, especially with the high humidity we have in this part of the country (midwest North America).

Every time we would come home from one of these weekend adventures, my wife would be sick for about a week or two afterwards.

One night, we got the chance to spend the night in an 18 foot tipi that belonged to a friend. The next morning, my wife woke up feeling good. With the liner, the humidity is greatly reduced. So we bought the Laubin book (scroll up and click on Return To Store in the top left corner of this page, then click on Videos, Books & Other Media for more info, if you're interested) and she made a tipi based on their instructions.

At that time, I wasn't really very interested in the tipi.

But after about a year, I loved it. Then one day, while I was out shooting buffalo (ironically enough), the tipi, which hadn't been set up correctly, fell over and was badly burned in the fire.

When we got home from the hunt, I took what was left and built a smaller tipi. I wasn't happy with it because it was too small, so I sold it to a friend who wanted it, and built myself an 18 foot model. Then another friend asked me to build him a tipi. Then another friend asked. And another. And so on. After 19 years of doing this as a hobby, I quit my job (in 1985) and set about building tipis and primitive shelters full time. I've been at it ever since.

Somebody tell me when I'm working and not having fun.


What are your pins and stakes made of?

Stakes and pins are strong, hand-cut hardwood. The pins are also hand-peeled.


What are the lengths of the poles? Are they cured?

The poles range from 9 ft long for the "half-pint tipi" (7 ft) to 30 ft long for the 20 ft and 22 ft tipis.

I use 27 ft poles for the 18 ft tipis, my most popular model. Some people like them shorter, especially if they're recreating a mountain Indian tipi. I prefer the plains Indian tipi. It has that classic look you're familiar with if you are familiar with tipis at all. But I'll build yours any way you want it.

Below are the lengths and quantities of the most common tipis I sell. Please scroll up and click on About Us on the right side of the screen, then send email if you have questions about other sizes. Or call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell).

7ft: 9 poles, approximately 9 ft each
10 ft: 10 poles, approximately 14 ft each
12 ft: 14 poles, approximately 16 ft long
14 ft: 14 poles, approximately 20 ft long
16 ft: 14 poles, approximately 24 ft long
18 ft: 17 poles, approximately 27 ft long
20 ft: 20 poles, approximately 30 ft long
22 ft: 20 poles, approximately 30 ft long

My tipi poles are all peeled and cured, ready to use.


I bought an 18 foot tipi from you two summers ago. I want to clean, water proof and sun proof it. How do I do this?

First, any dust on your tipi should be taken off with a broom or an air hose, preferably a broom.

If you have clods of mud on it, let them dry well, beat on them with a small stick, then a stiff bristle brush or a broom should take them off.

If you feel you must wash your tipi, I recommend clear water only. There will be some discoloration just from the fact that it's getting older, so it will probably never be as white as it was when it was new, unless you use cleaning chemicals, which I don't recommend.

To waterproof your tent, there are a number of good products on the market. I used to recommend Thompson's Water Seal, but I don't anymore. They must have changed the forumula. Put it on canvas, and the canvas leaks like a sieve. Now I recommend Canvak. More and more stores are carrying it. Canvak is a bit more expensive, but definitely worth it. If you can't find it anywhere else, you can buy it from me for $22 per gallon (as of the time I'm writing this, price subject to change). One gallon will cover about 20 square yards, but that depends on a lot of things, like how dry your material is to begin with.

Whenever you're waterproofing, it is very important, no matter what you use, to make sure your tent is as dry Dry DRY as possible before applying the chemicals. If you do not start with a dry tent, you will seal the moisture in the canvas, and it will rot in a very short period. The best way I've found to apply this is to use a pump-up garden sprayer or paint sprayer. Put on light coats inside and out. Several light coats are always preferable to one heavy coat.

Most of these products are also available in UV protection (which is where you'll get your sunproofing).


How do I get mold and mildew spots out of my canvas?

Well, you don't. Not really. You'll never totally remove a mold or mildew spot, but you can retard the growth and even kill those awful little creatures by treating the spot with a mixture of half water and half white vinegar. Spray it on the spot, lay the tent out in the sun, let it dry, and you'll end up with a tent that has little or no living mold or mildew. But the spot won't completely go away. It's kind of like a cow you can see out in a pasture. The cow may be alive, or it may be dead. Either way, you'll see a cow there.


Can I get a window in a tent?

Yes, I do windows. Just tell me what you want. In a new tent, add $25 for a standard sized 18" by 36" window. It's $35 and up for the same window in an existing tent. Send an email or call 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell)  for an exact quote.


Do your wall tents come with bug mesh screens?

The wall tents don't come with screens, but an 18" by 36" window can be included for $25. Screen doors with zippers can also be made. Send email or call 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) for quotes.


Does the stove jack come with a flap that covers the hole in the roof?



I want a stovejack put in my tent. How much will that cost? What size should I get?

Stovejacks are $25 extra in new tents, $35 in a tent you already own. The size depends on your stove. Stovejacks range from three inches (diameter) to six inches. Most are for four or five inch pipes.


Does the wedge tent come with a floor?

There isn't a floor in the wedge. But we can make one for you. We do it for a lot of customers. Call 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) for a quote.


I want a floor sewn into my wall tent. Can you do this?

Floors are not typically sewn into a wall tent. It's too hard to put up a tent with floors sewn in. Instead, the floor ties into the center of each side and the corners.

I can sew the floor in, but I recommend the tie-in floor. It connects at the critical points along the base of the tent, using a series of loops and ties. It is preferable to a sewn-in floor because (a)the floor is often wet, so it's harder to dry your tent before storing it, (b)the floor gets heavier use, so it wears out sooner, and it's harder to replace a sewn-in floor, and (c)the tie-in keeps out water and critters about as well as the sewn-in floor anyway.

Either way (sewn or tied), the extra charge is the same ($40 and up). Please specify weblawn (plastic) or Sunforger (13 oz. treated cotton duck). Send an email or call 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) for an exact quote.


I am interested in raw yardage of 11.4 oz canvas. Do you sell this?

Yes, here's what we sell:

11.4 oz cotton
3' wide - $4.50/running yard
4' wide - $5.50/running yard
5' wide - $7.00/running yard
6' wide - $8.00/running yard
7' wide - $10.00/running yard

13 oz. Sunforger (marine grade, boat shrunk, mildew resistant, flame retardant, water repellant, Number One quality)
3' wide - $7.50/running yard

18 oz cotton
5' wide - $10.00/running yard

18 oz cotton (great for army cots!)
40" wide - $8.00/running yard

For more information, or to order, call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell). Or scroll up to the top of this page and click Back To Store, then click on Raw Canvas.


Does the 10'x10' 1790s Officer's Tent come with a tent bag?

Tent bags cost an extra $10.


What is the total weight of the 12' x 18' wall tent?

The weight of the canvas alone in that sized tent is about 60 lbs. The poles, ropes and stakes that we sell weigh about 60 lbs, too (120 lbs total).

If you're interested in the weight of other tents or tipis, call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell).


I am interested in adapting one of your tents for a portable ice fishing hut. Is this practical?

The 10x10 pyramid is quick and easy to set up. But driving stakes into the ice really isn't practical. So wherever you would otherwise put a stake, take your ice auger and drill a hole in the ice. Then tie a rope to the midsection of a two by four that's approximately one foot long. Shove the two by four down the hole and turn it crossways so it can't come up. Attach the other end of the rope to whatever your stake would normally be attached to. In a pyramid, this would be the corner stake loops.

Even better than a pyramid is a tent with walls, such as our 1790s Officer's Tent. A 10x10 1790s Officer's Tent can be set up with a stove in it, then four or five of your buddies can sit very comfortably inside the tent, playing cards or telling lies, periodically peeking out to see how the tipups are doing. Of course, if you wanted to, you could put four or five holes through the ice inside the tent and probably not get your lines mixed up.

Most people I know like to put their holes outside the tent. But I can't speak to this very well, because I'm not much of an ice fisher. I went ice fishing one time, caught a whole string of ice, but when I went home and cooked it up, it all tasted like water.


Do tipis attract lightning? Are they as safe as being in a house during a lightning storm?

Tipis don't attract lightning any more than anything else sticking up in the middle of a flat place during a thunderstorm. Otherwise, you aren't any more likely to be hit in a tipi than if you were home.


How can I haul my tipi?

If you bought your tipi from me, you should have received a copy of my video "Pointy Side Up" which includes a section addressing how to haul your tipi. Or you can get the video in VHS for $24.90 postpaid in the US. For more info, scroll up and click on Return To Store in the top left corner of this page, then click on Videos, Books & Other Media..

If you have a pickup, you might want to consider buying a ladder rack, similar to what you see on plumber's trucks and such. A lot of people use them to haul their tipis.

But I have an even better solution in my Tipi Pole Racks. For a look at them, scroll up and click on Back To Store on the top left side of this page, then click on Tipis or Stoves & Iron Goods.

I get used trailers from time to time, too. Call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) if you're interested.


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I go through Nebraska from to time, how close to Interstate 80 are you?

We're a quarter mile south and a quarter mile east of the I-80 Milford exit (number 382), which is 15 miles west of Lincoln.


Can I pick up my own tent or tipi?

Absolutely! Our factory has a dock with easy access and turnaround for large or small vehicles.


Do you ever take tents or tipis in trade?

I do take some tents and tipis in trade. But I need to assess each trade personally. Catch me at a rendezvous or other event, or call 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell).


Do you sell used tipis?

Sometimes. Depends on what I have. And that can change daily. If you're interested in a used tipi or tent, the best thing to do is call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) to see what's available. You can also check out the Used items in my Product Catalog. But you'll get a more accurate summary of what's available if you call me.


Any idea where I can find a second-hand tipi in the UK?

Nope. Sorry. But we do ship to the United Kingdom, and about everywhere else in the world. We have sold tipis and tents from here to Tokyo and back.


Is there a factory-shipped discount?

No. You pay the same price whether you buy from me or a dealer.


Is there a discount for Boy Scouts or Royal Rangers?

You bet! It's a 10% discount, regardless of whether you buy from the factory or one of my dealers.


What about sales tax?

Prices do not include sales tax, which is applicable if you're ordering online and you live in Nebraska (5.5%).


Can you come to our rendezvous?

Thanks for the invitation. Let me know when it is, where it is, and how many people you expect.

Of course, I can't come if I'm planning to be somewhere else. But I might be able to send another family member (and we're all family here) if I can't make it. For a schedule of where I'll be this year, scroll up and click on Places & Events at the top of this page, on the right.


Can I lease a tipi from you for my group's outing?

I don't lease lodges for any event we are not attending.

When we do lease tipis, we always have them set up and waiting for you before you arrive, then torn down after you leave. If you decide you want to buy a tipi or anything else you lease, you can apply 100% of the lease fee toward the purchase of it or anything larger.

Sorry we can't lease to you if we're not there, but it just isn't something that works very well.


I live in Steamboat Springs, which has a very wet climate in the summer and 4 - 5 feet of snow from December to April. The location I'd like to set the tipi is a hill top with potential for fierce winds. I've heard of people building plywood floors for the dwelling. Do you recommend this?

A plywood floor is nice for cleanliness, but remember that there will be moisture coming down through the center of your tipi, and with a plywood floor, it will retain the water, which will run all over. I highly recommend, if you're going to put down a wood floor, that you use a treated lumber or redwood, and gap the lumber. Indoor/outdoor carpeting -- the type that will allow water to flow through it -- is great to lay over the deck. It will make your tipi much more comfortable. But remember: NO FIRE IF YOU HAVE A WOOD FLOOR!


I am interested in buying a tipi, but am worried about the rain entering the tipi as I am planning to set it up in a rainy area. I read in your FAQ section that rain can drop in the center of the tipi. Is there a way to avoid it?

People sometimes ask me what do you do about drips that come into your tipi between the door and the center. Well, I'm not sure what you do at your house, but we have the same rules for sleeping in our house as we do in our tipi. We never allow anybody to sleep in the hallway by the door, or on the kitchen stove. Practically all of the drips that might come into your tipi will be between your door and your firepit. So, don't let people sleep in front of the door or on the fire, and everything will be just fine.


I'd like to put a small adobe horno inside my tipi. Do you recommend fires or ovens within a 20 foot tipi?

Yes, a stove or an adobe horno in a 20 footer would work just fine.


Does the Sunforger have a chemical odor?

Chemicals used to process the Sunforger canvas do have a slight odor. But on a good day with a decent breeze, you won't notice it in a tipi, because it's so well ventilated. And it will be completely gone after you start your fire. A tent is a different story. On a hot day in a new pyramid, wall tent or other tent besides a tipi (which breathes well), you might detect some smell the first or second time you set it up. But very few people notice it. And in case this is what you're thinking about, it's absolutely Nothing like an army tent. Not Even Close!


Can you give us measurements for the poles, stakes, and ropes?

Yes. Here's an example, which lists the components of my kit for a 10x10 1790s Officer's Tent. It uses 2x2 poles cut octagonally, four ft long, with a 1/4 inch pin sticking out one end approximately one and a half inches and out the other approximately two and one half inches. The kit has 17 poles. The center pole is approximately two and one half inches in diameter and nine foot two inches long . For an additional $25, it can be split in half and jointed in the middle for easy transportation. The stakes that I use are 12-inch long, half inch square hand forged T-topped steel. The ropes are 1/4 inch in diameter, unmanilla or manilla (your choice), with hardwood rope-tightener and double chain link setup for minimal to zero wear on your tent.

For other tents, call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) or send email.


There are five members in our party, we do use our campers as well but wanted a place to have a central location large enough for us to be comfortable. Is the 12x18 ft wall tent large enough to meet our needs? Would you recommend any other tents or equipment as well?

I think the tent would serve your purposes just fine. However, there are other tents you could consider. The marquee would be excellent, because the walls can be raised for more shade and ventilation in hot weather, or lowered and closed for cooler climates. Its six foot sidewalls make the marquee a very roomy tent, with lots of space for tables, chairs, basketball hoops, hockey rinks, maybe even water polo, if your horses can take it. All in all, the marquee is a fantastically versatile tent.

The only other thing I recommend is the 16x16x24 stove for that size wall tent. The wall tent comes with stove jack and cover.


I need something to carry my photographic light stands in. Do you make canvas bags?

Yes, I do standard or custom canvas bags. To see the standard bags, scroll up and click on Back To Store at the top of this page, then click on Misc Canvas Goods. Or give me the measurements and I'll shoot you a quote. If you want straps or handles or anything else, show me a drawing. Call me at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell), or send email.


Do you make sweat lodges?

Yes, I do make sweat lodges. My standard sweat lodge is an eight foot hemisphere cover. It can be crafted in black treated canvas.

If you want a different size, please send email or call me for a quote at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell).


What is the difference between a plains Indian tipi and a mountain Indian tipi?

Poles on plains tipis are longer, and look like what you associate with a typical tipi. Mountain (or Cheyenne) tipi poles are shorter, to the extent that they do not rise far above the canvas cover. It's really an aesthetic consideration. Let me know what you prefer, and I'll supply it.


I would like to paint my tipi. What should I use?

I recommend you use a latex exterior house paint for your tipi or tent. Naturally, you'll need to thin it somewhat. If it's too thick, the paint will crack. If it's too thin and runny, it will not stay in the lines of your design.

Try experimenting on a piece of scrap canvas first. (We'll be glad to send you one at no charge.) Or paint on a spot that won't be seen. Experiment until you're comfortable with the mix.

There are many paints that are made especially for canvas, but I have found that regular exterior latex house paint works about as well as anything.

Don Strinz Tipi can paint your tipi or tent for you, if you like. Call or write with the design you have in mind, and we'll be glad to quote a price. If you need some ideas, we can suggest different designs.


Has anyone come up with a good way to transport tipi poles on top of an SUV (an Explorer in my case)?

A failsafe way of transporting poles that works for almost any vehicle is to mount a receiver hitch on the back of your vehicle and another one on the front of your vehicle (two receiver hitches).

Due to popular demand, you can now buy pole carriers like this through Don Strinz Tipi. To see them, scroll to the top of this page, click on Return To Store, then click on Tipis or Stoves & Iron Goods.

If you want to do it yourself, build an upright metal pole that will slide in to the receiver hitch with a yoke or a Y at the top just high enough to clear the top of your vehicle. This is very handy because it can be taken off when not being used, does not obstruct your view extensively, does not change the appearance of your vehicle when you're not using it, and is a very reliable way of carrying your poles.

If you think your vehicle is too small to carry poles, you probably have another think coming. Scroll up and click on Testimonials at the top right side of this page, where you'll see a pretty amusing picture of a very little car carrying very long poles (the picture is just wide enough to show the base and tips of the poles). Click on David Jorgenson for a picture with better resolution.

As always, give me a call at 402-761-3244 (shop) or 402-499-8239 (cell) if you need me to clarify any of this (or just want to jaw).


What is the best way to store tipi poles?

The best thing to do, if you have the option, is store them inside, horizontally, above the ground a few inches, supported every five to six feet.

If you have to store them outdoors, stand them up as vertical as possible. Find a tree with a crotch in it, lay a piece of plywood on the ground, stand the poles upright with the butts on the plywood, leaning them into the crotch of the tree. Bundle the poles together with a long rope, then tie the poles to the tree, so they won't blow over in a wind storm.

If you don't have a tree, but you do have a garage or outbuilding that you can stand them up against, put the plywood on the ground, stand the poles on the plywood, make a framework on your roof so the poles can't slide left or right, then bundle the poles together with a long rope and tie them to the outbuilding.

If none of these options are available or practical, and you have to store your poles outside, lay them horizontal, approximately three to four feet off the ground (so the weeds won't grow up around them and the critters leave them alone), supported every five to six feet. Do not cover the poles. If you cover them, the cover will hold moisture in, and they'll rot. If possible, put a shade awning over the top of the poles so there's plenty of air circulation between the awning and poles.


I have a tipi and a wall tent. I want to set them up indoors at trade shows for my business. Can you recommend a good way to do this?

When you're setting up a tipi on a slick surface like a hardwood or cement floor, you can protect the floor and keep the poles from sliding by screwing a piece of rubber to the b