New Oil Skin Tarp (Pic Heavy)

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  1. Sgt. Mac

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    After a long wait my new Oil Skin Tarp arrived the other day. I got in from TentSmith who were a great bunch of guys to work with. It's a 10x10 canvas Oil Coth. Loop are spaced out every 2 feet and reinforced with an extra patch of material at the loops. There are also loops down the center seem which are sewn directly in between the seems for strength. I also picked up from them a canvas blanket roll cover for my wool blanket(s). It;s a heavy duty cover also made out of canvas.

    Many thanx to Wolfden and Big Sky Trapper for their help with canvas tarps

    Here's the link to tentsmiths
    http://www.tentsmiths.com/tent-camp-accessories-oilskin-tarps.html

    Here are some pics of the tarp set up in different configs enjoy

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  2. Sgt. Mac

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    Set up as a Diamond or Plow

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    Set up as a simple Lean To

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    Also pictured in these pics is my new Bush Buddy "Denver" whom I rescued last week. Denvers a 5 year old Belgium Shepherd
     
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    so how much does it weigh? seems like it would be pretty heavy. i know i have an oilskin drover coat and it weighs quite a bit and it's not even insulated.
     
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    Yep its heavy. It's Heavy Duty too. Dont know the weight
     
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    That is a nice looking shelter Mac.
     
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    Yeah Sgt, Denver is AWESOME as my Daughter said, not asking the price, but is that upper end??? Thanks for showing it!

    Steve
     
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    Looks real nice. Are you and the dog sleeping in it tonight?
     
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    I'll be breaking it in at the meet in MO. Untill then I'll just admire it in the back yard for now. ( Now you know the reason I wanted a blanket roll and sling vid Iowa:D)

    Mac
     
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    Nice set up Mac! It should hold up well, looking forward to seeing it at the meet! Denver is cool as well, way to go and thanks for sharing!
     
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    I like it! Still kicking the idea of dying mine that spanish brown color.
    does it have any of that oily feeling? Or just good dry canvas.

    the possibilities are endless for setups.

    looks like its going to be a fun shelter
     
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    Feels like good ol dry canvas. I'm realy impresed with the work that they do
     
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    Wow Mac, I love that tarp.
     
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    Per-dee,, wow I like it and can't wait to see it at the meet.
     
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    Do u have a weight on the 10x10?
     
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    Do they make a model with high-vis guy lines? :D
     
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    Ha! He does need reflectors on that thing. 'bout killed smoke at the meet.
    I like it though because it's got a nice breeze that flows through it.:D
    Seriously though, Mac. That thing turned out awesome. You did a great job on it.
    Iz
     
  18. Sgt. Mac

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    Maybe it's a little to stealthy, poor Smoke pert near broke a hip tripping on the guylines. the meet in MO was the first time I used it and it worked like a charm.

    Thanx guys
    Mac
     
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    That's a really handsome shelter, cool setup!
     
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    Might make a good stealth trap rig for man size game, then , huh ?? <g>.
     
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    Very nice Sarge. Have you been out in the wet with it yet? If so, how did it go?
     
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    Hey Hanzo, yea it got wet at the meet in MO. It has started raining Sat. night through Sun morning when we broke camp. The water literly just beaded off of it, worked like a charm
     
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    That is one fine piece of work, Mac. Did they say what kind of water proofing they did? It looks like linseed oil to me and a touch of stain.
     
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    Hey Ron, Yea it's treated with BLO/Neatsfoot oil combo and Stained
     
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    I keep thinking about this tarp. I might be adding it to my Christmas list. :D
     
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    I really like this tarp mac! Thanks!
     
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    Wow that looks good , and i like the colour . If that last as long as my drizbone coat you have a top bit of kit Mac.
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    Nice! seems fairly durable.
     
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    Nice tarp my friend.

    For those who want reflective guylines have a look on this link. (bottom of the page). All the guys i camp with have got these lineloks on including myself and i can say from experince they are brilliant, bright in the day and when a torch beam hits them at night they light up light runway lights, they've even got a glow in the dak cleat on them.
    http://www.lakelandbushcraft.co.uk/acatalog/Cordage.html
     
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    Very nice tarp. What is the combustion temperature of that oilskin? Just askin' cuz I'm wondering how close you could get it to your fire. (I believe in small fires, but still, it is *oil*skin!
     
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    Hey Sarge how much is "Yep its heavy"?
     
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    I really like the look of that.

    I also like the canvas bivvy bag.
     
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    I still never weighed it to be honest with you. Sorry I'll have to get that done for you all
     
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    Mac, flipping through your photo album I noticed Denver got a new tarp. You should get one just like his. It's really nice. Then you two could go camping together.
     
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    We all ready do
    Thanx
     
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    How small can you roll that tarp up? I am really interested.
     
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    It stows better flat then rolled due to it size and weight
     
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    Hey Mac, will it sip if it's wet on the outside and you touch it on the inside?????
     
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    Nope the water beads off of it like a ducks ass
     
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    That's way cool, I guess I'll get to check it out at the winter meet in MO
     
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    Sad to say I wont be able to make that one buddy, Duty calls and I cant get the time off
     
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    Well that answers my question lol, but I like "heavy" for some applications. Heavy usually equals strength to a degree. Really nice tarp! If the curiosity gets the better of you, then you can always do what I do and take it to my local UPS Store and the nice young woman there weighs it for me.
     
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    Yep Heavy=Heavy Duty
     
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    Sgt Mac,

    I saw that tarp a few days ago and you almost got me to break my promise...I NEEDED one of those! So I got thinking...how in the hell can a make a first class tarp like that with my own stuff. It just dawned on me, I have a parachute that Madfaxman was nice enough to give me. Im pretty sure I'll have to waterproof it, but I'd like a 9x9 tarp. I'll sew in some paracord loops and double stich and reinforce the corners and then put some loops in 1/3 the length from the corners...I wonder what I'll waterproof it. I have some spray silicone waterproofer from Walmarts sporting goods section, but I'd be really afraid of getting a fire to close to the shelter.

    Anyway, I wanted to say thanks for the inspiration and while I never thought I'd say this to another guy, nice tarp.
     
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    @ Sgt Mac -
    Can you explain what the loops are made of on this tarp? How has this oil skin tarp held up over the years? Have you had to reapply the protective oil? Also, can you post any other pics you have?
     
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    I'd be quite interested to hear your thoughts on this tarp after a couple of years of use as well, Sarge. In particular, any issues with an oiled tarp next to a fire?
     
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    Loops are made of the same stuff as the rest of the tarp, there are sewn on with reinforced tabs. The Tarp has held up very well, no problems with it next to a fire, and I have not had to re treat it
     
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    Damn nice bro!! Im definitely green with envy!! lol have fun bro!
     
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    I've used this tarp in a 10'x10' size over the last 5 years both winter & summer and it's a great shelter. Being square you can pitch it in a variety of ways keeping it open when it's dry or really shutting it down close to the ground when the weather isn't so nice. I've also been surprised at how well it's held up in some nasty storms. I spent a night under it this past summer on the coast of Maine (the Atlantic was about 50 yards to my right) where the rain came down sideways throughout the night and the wind howled. I had it set up low to the ground in a lean-to configuration and stayed pretty dry, sleeping through most of the night. Over the time I've had it nothing has frayed or worn thin. On average I spend about 20 nights a year under it and, if it weren't for a bit of pine pitch I can't get off, you'd never know it was anything but new.

    As for weight and how to store/carry it, I think the weight is about 7 pounds. While that is a bit heavy, I can roll it up tightly and carry it with a tumpline pretty comfortably. Also, most of the time I'm either in a canoe or using a toboggan so the weight doesn't really matter for me. Having a dry, leakproof shelter over my head is the critical factor. With this tarp I have it.

    I hope that helps. Take care and until next time...Be well.

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