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I suggest a Shire Breed (Bigger than the Budwiser Clydsdales). eats a lot though.
I'm a traditionalist... how about an Indian Paint?
Before ya'll spend too much time creatively on the hammocks.... Plan the tarp covers....That is the hard part.
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Seriously, I think the coverings for the Prairie Travois could be what makes it great. I have been noodling on a design that covers the upper cone of the tee-pee down to the point where the hammocks are tied to the poles. From there, the tarp needs to turn outward, toward the horizontal, to make something like three porches. For the porches, each hammock could even use it's own tarp folded in half along the ridgeline.
The tee-pee covering above the hammock lashings really doesn't have to cover the tee-pee, except to look like a traditional Indian lodge. Instead, it could be a peaked roof, held up by a line running to the top of the poles. Of course, that would allow leaks at the poles...
It may not be rocket science, but it's still science.
My squaw is a North American Indian... she was born in Raleigh, and her family is from Calcutta. (She doesn't like that joke.) However, in our family the squaw is the least qualified to erect the tee-pee.
P.S. Thinking more about coverings... I think the thing has to look like an Indian Lodge, which means a whole lot of fabric up in the air. Perhaps an un-coated gossamer covering, with a silnylon roof underneath it, at about 9 feet off the ground.
Last edited by MacEntyre; 09-22-2009 at 18:21.
I did a little research and found that the plains tee-pee poles were set at about 45*. That enabled me to avoid spherical trigonometry and use a graphic solution instead.
- 45* poles,
- set 120* apart
- with a radius of 15'
From the attached drawing and calculations:
- With a radius of 15', poles set at 45* will be 21' long.
- If the hammock attachments are 8' off the ground, then they are 8' from the edge of the circle.
- The hammock attachments will be halfway up the length of each pole. at 11'.
- This gives each hammock a span of 14' between attachments.
Of course, you don't want to hang your hammock 8' off the ground! I found, by trial and error, the height at which the span between hammock attachments was 14'. When the hammock attachments are lowered to 6', the span between attachments is almost 18', which is too long.
What this all means is the Prairie Travois Hammock Stand must be set up with a pole angle higher than 45*. I'm going to do another graphic solution that will find the radius and pole angle needed to provide a 14' span between hammock attachments that are 7' off the ground.
P.S. I might do my next graphic solution with the real thing... get the bamboo poles, set them up slightly steeper than 45*, rig the hammocks, adjust until hammock attachments are 7' off the ground and 14' apart, measure height and radius, and report.
Last edited by MacEntyre; 09-23-2009 at 06:50.
I did a 3D model of it to check the dimensions. Here is a drawing of it. I set it up to the dimensions you mentioned.
I am off into the woods for the weekend but I will keep an eye on this post until I later tonight.
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