Don't know anything about the company, but the prices seem to be good. 30' x 30' for under $400 is not bad from what I've seen.
I've made them from canvas drop cloths by adding grommets, works well and can be customized.
paul wheaton wrote:
What are these things called? How might I go about getting one?
These are called shade sails. They're pricey, but they do have returned shades that are in their clearance section. Several companies sell these; I didn't check all of them out.
Here is something similar that looks neat:
They are not water proof, but if well rigged will deflect all but the worst rain. Having sat under one in a rainstorm we felt a very light drizzle effect inside. The centre hole allows smoke from a cook fire to escape easily, and the circumference has plenty of attachment points for rigging and anchoring it.
This was my first attempt at rigging one of my own - the chute was too large for the space available and I didn't do a very good job. The most secure rigging I've seen was using 6' hazel poles every 6' or so around the cicumference. The chute gets lashed directly to them. The pole is then anchored to the ground by a tensions guy line.
The above setup seems to give the most uniform tension through the whole chute.
I've heard that smoke from repeated fires tends to slightly waterproof the lining, but I've never had one up long enough to test that.
Finally, if you have a fire inside the smoke will collect in the canopy and spill out from under the edge of the chute. If you want to breath clear air you need to rig it so that the chute is ABOVE HEAD HEIGHT. The space above will fill with smoke but the space below will be mostly clear. We rigged one too short in winter to try and keep the warmth in; as a result we couldn't stand properly inside.
(Whole setup cost about £50 plus a few hours cutting poles and sturdy tent pegs from our hazel woods)
It is from here. It sounds like they do green woodworking workshops there.
That definitely looks like a parachute!
Michael Cox wrote:Paul Redmond - Making your own is definitely possible, but probably not worth the investment in money and time given how easy parachutes are to get hold of. Many of the pictures in this thread look quite over engineered. All you really need is a central rope in a tall tree to pull the canopy up, then a way of tying it out at the right height.
True, it would take some man hrs. Not sure about the cost comparison. Depending on the type of ovens or fires used to cook with, flying embers might be of concern with both materials.
Get a smaller one
UK supplier of parachutes
This is the site I bought my two from - reasonable price. 40ft diameter is big.
A 30ft chute makes a comfortable shelter for about 20 kids sitting around a fire.
If you are still looking, I can point you at a number of sources for sunforger canvas canopies, sunshades, etc.
A good sized piece of canvas can be suspended from a few trees, with one side lower than the others so the water runs off, very, very simply.
And it's not much more difficult to make some poles and set it up that way.
Much more functional than a parachute for the purpose. More durable, less prone to turning into a giant sail, much more waterproof.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Still looking.
In that case let me suggest a few places you may want to talk with. All of them are experienced with building canvas tents and other structures. I've not had personal dealings with any of them, but have a number of friends and acquaintances who have dealt with one or another. I can say that all come with good recommendations.
Midwest Tents - midwesttent.com Newest on this list, these folks are a very good value, possibly the most bang for your buck on the list.
Panther Primitives - www.pantherprimitives.com very established, been around a long time, reliable and good quality.
Four Seasons Tent Masters - www.fourseasons-tentmasters.com another established maker with good quality.
Tentsmiths - tentsmiths.com Been around for years making good quality tents.
I've probably spent at least a year living under canvas, in two week bites, over the last couple of decades. One of the tents I've spent time under is 25 years old and still in fine condition (I think it's a Tent Masters piece).
All of these companies should be able to give you both a quote for a suitable canvas awning for your needs and good advice on how best to do what you are trying to do. Their product will cost more than a cargo parachute - but you will never find yourself leaping up from a sound sleep to grab the edge of what was the roof over your head - which I have had to do when living under a parachute
High end boat owners toss money to the wind, for reasons of style or looks, long before the product is worn out.
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