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Forester Tent

Post by YoungBlacksmith » Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:50 pm

After making my Whelen last year, this summer I decided to use the same skills and make a Forester tent. If you've seen my posts over on BCUSA, there were two tents sold under the Forester name in the early 1900's, Abercrombie and Fitch's Forester and Warren Miller's Forester. Miller came up with the design, and AF changed it to suit their designs.

Taking advantage of our mild weather, I came up with this modern take on the WM Forester:

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It's a little short, 8' long edges, and once you lay in it, it gets a little shorter. I do like it though. You can use three poles like shown, or one in the center, or a ridge line or some other structure and suspend it. It's basically a plow point with the overhanging tip sliced down the middle and folded in to make a hood.

This will be my 2020 shelter.
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Re: Forester Tent

Post by BigJesse » Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:08 pm

Is that just the one tarp? What dimensions is everything?
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Re: Forester Tent

Post by YoungBlacksmith » Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:20 pm

Just one 10x12 tarp, cut like below. Eight foot along the three bottom sides, slightly over 8' long ridge, 1' 3" cut out for the rear pole. Seven foot, 8" along the upright triangle sides. The peak is right at 6', I can't quite stand up inside, but not much stooping.

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The first image is the cut up 10x12 tarp. The second is my pattern, what I cut was the inner size. The outer size is a little larger, but needs a 12x whatever tarp, and I had a 10x12 just laying around.
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Re: Forester Tent

Post by YoungBlacksmith » Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:21 pm

you can easily sit here and enjoy the day.

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I'm waiting for it to rain a bit and see how it does, then weigh it. Should come in just about 2 lbs.
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Re: Forester Tent

Post by Woodsman Wannabe » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:11 am

Maybe it is an illusion caused by looking at it with the chair, but your height it seems like one end of you will be exposed to the elements if you try to sleep in it....

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Re: Forester Tent

Post by YoungBlacksmith » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:52 pm

My head is actually about a foot inside the tent. It's an optical illusion, it's so high and peaky, but still just long enough. If I do another, and I probably will, it will be 9' long inside. Probably just do a 10x10 with a grommet hole or something at the proper spot for a pole, and the cut off staked out in a porch of sorts.
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