PE - Re: the tent poles and risk

Nessa Giddings nessaofthelox at
Sun Feb 20 12:00:24 PST 2000

> i know that i will probably regert the asking, but
> *why* would anyone
> want to remove a necessary structural componet (guy
> lines) from a
> time-tested design (western "tent")???  
> if you're going to use this style of shelter, i
> can't see any good
> reason for removing them from the basic design. 
> unlike other styles
> (designed to get their structural support from their
> frame
> structures) - all western tents i am familair with
> are reliant on guy
> ropes for their primary structural integrity. remove
> them, and you
> have a inherently unstable structure ... especially
> when the wind
> blows or it rains/snows.
> 'wolf

I am sorry sir but I have at lease two paintings of
round center-pole tents that have no guy ropes. They
are stasked at the bottom or the walls. My tent will
not be unstable. My Lords daughter could probably
swing off the spokes and it wouldn't collapse. Though
I might have to replace a stake or two. Guy ropes are
not 'necessary' for this design. It is all in how you
make it. :)

Genoese besieging Mahdia, in Tunisia (1390)
(BNF, FR2646)
Jean Froissart, Chronicales
Flanders, Bruges 15th Century
(160, 200mm)

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