LANGJ at mail.syntron.com
Fri Jul 7 09:50:33 PDT 1995
There are several types of "beach pavilion" on the market. The
free standing, square type, with a center peak are in fact not
that different from pavilions used in period (save the lack of a
The center pole has been eliminated from modern pavilions because
it is inconvenient.
My personal favorite of these free standing type pavilions is the
Academy Broadway (not affiliated with the Academy Sporting Goods
chain) model 292. This model retails at discount stores for about
$110 (lower on sale), and has a waterproof shell. The shell is
made of a plastic that is not shiny, and is quite durable. The
frame is steel.
If the waterproof plastic offends you, you may sew a fabric cover
that will fit the frame (HL Kaitlyn McKenna made one with sides,
that worked very well).
I do not think it likely that pavilions in period had metal poles.
I am *not* willing to state, positively that they did not. Metal
poles can be painted/coated/covered if they bother you.
The major fault of these free standing "beach pavilions" is that
*we* know what they are. Transported back in time, they would
only draw attention by virtue of their clever frames, and the
cunning fabric that shed water.
If you want a fabric pavilion, and haven't hundreds to spend, then
I recommend the following approach.
Most large hardware stores (especially Ace hardware), sell canvas
"drop cloths" for about $40 for a 12' x 15' piece. You needn't
sew anything at all (though I do recommend gluing & sewing
reinforcing on the grommet areas).
The poles can be 2 x 2 if square is acceptable, or if you need
round poles, I recommend at least 1-5/8" doweling (the standard
1-3/8" is a bit too weak). The larger size doweling may require a
bit of searching.
If you want something more colorful, you may add pennants/dagging
This design has a lot of potential for innovation, be creative
(it's our middle name).
langj at mail.syntron.com
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