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  1. camp casey

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    I purchased a forester tent from tentsmiths, from what I read the tent was invented about 100 years ago by Warren h. miller, the tent was invented for the chronic woods loafer, that would be me. when ordering from tentsmith give your self plenty of time as there tents are in great demand, and from what I have seen the don't cut corners, my tent was way overbuilt, think heirloom. my brother Doc came over and helped set it up as my leg was broken, I plan on making a clear plastic front for it for winter use, like a portable super shelter. will post some more pictures as soon as go camping in December. the tent was designed with a back tilt front so you can have the fire closer to you and not burn down the tent, all sides of the tent were made to reflect heat inside to the user, kind of like sleeping in a reflector oven. good luck. DSCN1307.JPG DSCN1310.JPG DSCN1316.JPG DSCN1338.JPG DSCN1336.JPG
     
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    wow, i like that set up a lot. What is the weight of that design?
     
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    10 lbs plan to use it for truck camping or with my sled. DSCN1342.JPG
     
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    I have had the pleasure of using goods from Tentsmiths over the years and would agree with everything you said. The Marques family makes a quality product and they're a pleasure to deal with. I spent a lot of time on the phone with them a few years ago when I was interested n one of their tarps. Deb and I had a few conversations on what I was ordering and she was truly patient and willing to talk about the finer points of what I wanted/needed. In the end, I couldn't have asked for a better product.

    That's all for now. Take care and best of luck with your new tent. Until next time...be well.

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    Looks amazing Casey! Thank you for sharing pictures. Can't wait to see more pictures of your December outing.
     
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    Thanks for the picture, seems like all they have is a drawing on their website. I have a whelen but have always wanted to try a forester. looks great!
     
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    Thanks, before i ordered the tent i faxed them a line drawing with dimentions, then called to make sure its the same tent, it was. There the only one that makes a forester with a triangle at the back of the tent, it adds a lot of room for little weight.
     
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    That's great! Deborah is great to work things out with at tentsmiths.com. I talked to her probably a dozen times in regards to the Whelen.
     
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    when i buy my whelen tentsmiths will make it.
     
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    I'm a huge fan of Tentsmiths. The other day I received five yards of oilskin from them for a project. Good luck with your tent.

    p.s When were you at Camp Casey ? I was 2nd ID ( Camp Greaves ) 89-90.
     
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    I have been looking at there oilskin watch coat for a long time, what are you making with 5 yards of oilskin? I was at camp casey 81-82, G2 2nd ID. Good luck.
     
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    My wife is making me an anorak with some of it.
     
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    Nice, like to see that when its done.
     
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    Very nice rig:dblthumb:

    And a darn good deal according to their site.
     
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    Congrats. Looks like a great tent.

    I'm a big fan of Warren Miller, and a big fan of the Whelen lean-to... have thought about making a Forester out of poly tarp, but keep going back to the Whelen as "almost perfect" at 3.5 lbs, with a smaller version of Whelen's "Shelter Cloth" (I added a porch to it) at 2.5 lbs. (Currently working on a "poncho with wings design", hopefully to weigh around 1.5 lbs).
     
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    Thanks, my brother Doc has a whelen and is making s sil-nylon porch for his, after i make a plastic front for forester, i plan to make a sil-nylon front porch so i can use my wood stove, good to have options, i also think warren miller was ahead of his time. Those old timers knew plenty.
     
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    Do you have an opinion about Tentsmiths / Dave Canterbury Pathfinder Scout Tarp ? I like it in principle but it's pricey for a piece of ( really nice ) canvas.
     
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    From talking with tentsmiths and seeing numerous pictures you are getting what you pay for. While it may be a piece of canvas i think they are worth the money. I spoke to a gentleman the other week that has had his for over 10 years and uses it constantly. I've never seen one in person.....yet. But that should change next week.
     
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    Are you speaking specifically about the Pathfinder Scout Tarp ?
     
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    I dont own a pathfinder tarp as there kind of pricey almost $400. And weigh just 1 lb 10 ounce less than a forester. Don't think me and my winter gear will fit in one. Like to see one though if you buy one, good luck.
     
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    Great looking tent!
    The different fronts will make it very versatile, and with a stove wow.

    And a broke leg? Get better fast, snow will be here soon.
     
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    Thanks tz, should be on my feet by december 9th, me and doc are headed out after christmas, maple river or manistee national forest, are you doing the huron camp this year?
     
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    That's a good looking tent. Glad to see someone is still making them. Looks like there Is a hole in the back allowing a ridge pole where you have the strap? Miller wrote about liking an interior ridgepole for hanging items from vs. a ridge pole from the outside that the tent hangs from. I know on some tents an internal pole can cause leaking where the canvas rests on the pole but with the pitch of that tent it may not be an issue. It is a great design. I have seen some open in the front like that and some that had half doors/awning that would come down a couple feet from the front top.
     
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    You do not need to worry about leakage where the pole rests with a TentSmiths tent. I have a 10' x 20' gable end Marquee tent from them. I made a custom internal frame for it so there are ridge poles, rafters, eve poles, and legs, it has never leaked at any contact points. It even went through a Florida hurricane, with my business in it, with no problems.
    It is used for my wife's clothing business at Rennassance Faires, where it is typically used for two months straight at a time. All told it has been set up in the weather for just shy of a year now, two months at a time
     
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    Good to know.
     
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    Thanks, i used shear poles at the front with a rachet strap for a ridgeline. Could use driplines for rain like i use on my hammock. There is a small overlap on each end to keep out the rain, hard to see in the picture. I use wire and strap in the front were the fire goes and think it would work for the snow melt bucket for my water. Plan on making a plastic front thats removeable for colder weather or rain. Good luck.
     
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    looks like a nice set up maybe a stove jack?
     
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    I will make the stove jack part of the front porch, have a nice square of carbon felt welding blanket set aside for it. My stove is a Knico Alaskan Jr. Kind of overkill but i can always make a smaller fire.
     
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    I am planning on the Huron Hang, and on the Big Timbers hang the last weekend of Feb, posted on HF by Michigandave
     
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    Those pictures of the forester are the only ones I have ever seen of that particular tent by tentsmiths. It looks awesome. I just got a whelen lean from them in 13 oz tan sunforger and it's a beast. I'll have to ask tentsmiths if they could do a forester in tan sunforger. Thanks for those pics.
     
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    Sounds like you have a great tent, like to see pictures of it, a tan canvas Whelan is about as good as it gets.
     
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    Could you give a little more detail on the poles you used for that tent? You mentioned shear poles (lashed at the top). From the pictures they look like they are two piece poles. Did you make them or are they bought as pictured? I sent an email to tentsmiths asking about if they could do one of these tents in the tan sunforger canvas. Waiting for a response from tentsmiths.
     
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    I made the poles out o clear pine, ripped them on the table saw, and then used the saw to nock the corners off. Hand planed the rest of the way. Used tubing in the middle so i could take them apart for travel. Good luck.
     
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    Thanks for the info.
     
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    I was looking at the tan sun forger forester too, I got an estimate of $246. Seems pretty good, I've always wanted one, might have to do it before winter.
     
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    Yes a tan one is a deal clincher for me. Tentsmith has a very high quality standard and I have no problem paying them for it.
     
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    I always thought these were more humpbacked, to trap in hot air above the occupant(s)?

    EDIT: Nope, guess not. I did see a classic camping photo of a tent that was humpbacked, with an opening in the front. Gotta find it, I always thought it was a forester-style though.
     
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    The reason the the front slopes back is that it lets you build a fire closer to the front of the tent and not catch the tent on fire. You can get by with a smaller fire as well. With radiating heat closer is better. Good luck.
     
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    does that come with the poles?
     
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    If your talking about Tentsmith's forester, no.
     
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    Placed an order for one of these at Tentsmith's in 13 oz tan sunforger. Due in June.
     
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    Post a picture if you can, thanks.
     
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    Will do.
     
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    Tentsmith Forester Tent 13 oz. Tan Sunforger Canvas. An awesome little tent. A couple of nice surprises I didn't know it had, lots of tie outs. You can use poles or ridgeline inside or out. Cool. IMG_20170624_115542.jpg IMG_20170625_141018.jpg IMG_20170624_115602.jpg
     
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    they do great work i have a blackhand i bought 25 years ago and it's still in great shape.
     
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    They definitely make high quality stuff.
     
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    Nice tent! Even though I typically use a hammock and tarp one of these would be sweet for a place to hangout when the weather is a little wet. Get a little fire out front;)
     

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