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Anatomy of a Nordic Tipi

There's a lot more to a
Tentipi Nordic Tipi than a
few poles and a bit of canvas.
Explore some of the
main features here...

anatomy 1


Outstanding canvas to keep the rain out

Manufactured exclusively for us, our tipi fabric has much better water repellent properties than the best off-the-shelf canvas we’ve ever found.

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anatomy 2


Control the ventilator cap from inside

Our In-Tent VentTM ventilator cap is adjusted from inside the tipi, solving the big problem caused by external smoke cap ropes - especially on linked tipis.

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anatomy 3


Canvas fixing flaps

In the upper part of the tipi, 18 flaps connect the canvas to the main poles. Crucial for the structural calculations, they prevent rotation of the canvas on the frame, and perform a vital function when sides are raised.

anatomy 4


Band pins

Our band pins secure the roof poles used to raise the sides of Stratus™. They ensure the poles are held tightly together and that there are no projecting parts.

anatomy 5


Secondary poles

Stratus and Cirrus™ 72 are designed for use with 18 secondary poles. In high wind conditions you really understand the crucial role they play in maintaining stability.

anatomy 6


Full structural calculations 

Our calculations cover every configuration of single or linked tipis, “all sides up”, “all sides down”, and “partial sides up” over 50m2. A huge body of difficult and complex work.

anatomy 7


Lab-tested timber

Not all timber is equal. We lab-test our timber to measure its various characteristics and feed these figures into our structural calculations. The species of timber and the location in which it is cut are vital.

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Fire retardant fabric

The fire retardant properties of the fabric do not degrade over time, so you won’t need to reproof or replace it to meet regulations. A label sewn to the canvas shows compliance with the relevant standard worldwide.

372x200 Seam


Sewn in one piece

Tipi canvases are usually laced together as it is tricky to sew the last seam. But that creates a weak point and risks water coming in under difficult weather conditions. So our canvases are sewn in one piece.

anatomy 10


Aesthetically pleasing poles

Our de-barked poles have a delightful natural look, avoiding any artificial staining or colouring common in processed timbers. Every pole is unique, as nature intended, an intrinsic part of the character of a tipi.

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Sustainable timber and no chemicals

A specific species of Spruce, cut in sustainable forests in northern Sweden. It’s immensely strong and flexible and doesn’t need unpleasant chemical preservatives to prevent rot.

375X200 Eventspik



Stakes cast in a single piece ensure the head can’t fall off. Ground anchors provide around 6 times the holding power of a single vertical stake.