Originally Posted by GrumpyTom
See Turtle Lady's Bamboo Stand thread... Just use the tree in place of one of the tripods...
yep, this works. I suspended one end of a 12' long pipe (two 6' sections joined) from an arrangement around a tree, and rested the other end on an X (two 2x4's) held up by some cord and stakes. There was no compression on the X, the pipe takes it all. Tripod would eliminate the need for cord and stakes.