Putting Fabric on Poles
Tipi on Tall Deck
Pins and Stitching
View into Tipi


Tipi and Canvas Tent Swatches are available by request. Give us a call 970-240-2111 to receive canvas and fly swatches.

We offer two fabric choices: 15 ounce Sunforger (available with or without flame retardant) and our Timberline Cover (tan color). Sunforger is 100% cotton army duck fabric, treated for water, UV and mildew resistance. The 15 ounce Timberline Cover is a cotton/poly blend with an acrylic coating and flame retardant- and is unmatched in strength and quality.

Main Seams
Double stitched and lapped for water run-off.

Buffalo Hide Reinforcement
Top grain buffalo hide rubbed with beeswax is used to reinforce high stress areas: around the lifting tongue, the Cheyenne extensions and completely around the door opening. The lacing pin holes below the door are sewn into a solid strip of buffalo hide as well.

Fitted Gores
Gores are an exclusive feature of Earthworks Tipis. The gores are two long, wedge-shaped pieces sewn between the body of the tipi and the smoke flaps. They give the top of the tipi fullness so that the canvas wraps snuggly around the cluster of poles without wrinkling.

Lifting Tongue
The lifting tongue of the cover is tied to the last pole you raise on the tipi. This high stress area has a panel of canvas and hidden vinyl reinforcing to distribute stress over a larger area and double buffalo hide to prevent tearing.

Smoke Flaps
The bottom edges of the smoke flaps extend to cover the opening above the lacing pins. The smoke flaps can also be adjusted to enhance the draw for an open fire. Smoke flap poles fit into sturdy, reinforced pole pockets at the top of the flaps.

Lacing Pin Holes
Heavily stitched and reinforced. In high stress areas, we sew them through buffalo hide and additional tear resistant fabric.

Exterior Ties
Made of heavy weight cotton. This includes corner smoke flap loops, ties above the lacing pin holes and door hold downs.

Door Openings
Our standard door is approximately 48″ x 22″. It’s an egg-shaped opening, edged with buffalo hide to prevent wear and is rigged with six door cover hold-down loops. We also offer an oversized door that is 60″ x 30″. The arched doorway is 72″ x 22″ and does not have the attachment at the bottom of the door. It’s best for uses where access and mobility are a concern.

Door Cover
Cover can tie shut from inside or outside. When shut, two horizontal ribs secure it and give it rigidity. It can also be rolled up and tied open. For ease of use, tie one side and swing the door cover open from the other side. Every Earthworks Tipi Package comes with a door cover.

Hem and Loops
Two inch webbing is sewn around the hem of each tipi. One inch nylon loops are inserted every 30 inches to stake the tipi.