Friday, August 15, 2008

Tipi part 2

To secure the canvas on the frame, you peg the tipi front together.
It's a bit like sewing cards
(with the pre-fabricated holes).
Using smoothed sections of willow twig,
you peg or pin the two sides together:

The left side of the tipi has two holes
(like a double-breasted button placket).
The right side has only one hole.
The peg goes in the left side's edge hole, then down to the right side hole,
then under the fabric to come up the left side's far hole.

This is the interim step: canvas pinned, but not yet pegged down:

Our ranger did the top holes by standing on a stepladder.
Nez Perce women did it from horseback.

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