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The Kitchen Tent (Double Baker Tent)

We have been working for a while with Wild Canvas, to bring out a new and bigger, open fire “Baker” style tent.

We finally had some time to create this beauty for the Yurt Makers Heart gathering we had in Abruzzo Italy. We think this would be the best UK-made tent, for stall holders at outdoors events and shows, outdoor kitchens on campsites and general outdoor permanent camps.

This is a Double Baker, meaning it’s two of the Wild Canvas Land Rover tents side by side, so its plenty big enough to have two open firepits, a big counter top and gas rings at the back, plus loads of storage space. Like all the Baker Tents, the side wings are multi-functional: during the day they can be rolled up out of the way or used as protection from the elements by tying them out to the front, and then, at night, they can be used to close off the back section for food storage or for use as a sleeping area.

Here are some photos, showing some of its features, taken at the yurt-making event.

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A little movie of Angelika showing how much fun it is to cook in…

 

 

Baker Tents: the Ultimate Open Fire Tents

Here is a long overdue entry about the latest Baker Tent development we made together with Wild Canvas. So far we had made two versions: a small one person Baker Tent which we called the Mini Campfire tent, and the large one we called the Land-rover tent. We have been asked by a customer of Wild Canvas to make a family size of the smaller version (mini campfire tent), one that has a larger “bedroom” to sleep the whole family. We would like to show case it here, because in reality it seems to us the ideal Bushcrafty outdoors size tent.

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Land Rover Tent

Above you can see the Landrover tent which was made to mate with a Defender, height wise. It is of course the same stand-alone campfire tent, but this time you can tie it into the back of your Defender to create an outside kitchen space with an open fire, together with a small family sized bedroom. If people are happy to sleep by the fireside (who isn’t?) it can sleep 5-6 people. This larger Baker tent (Land Rover tent) also features zipped sides, so either side can act as the door for the back sleeping area, or both sides can act simply as …. sides.

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Zipped Sides

The one man Baker Tent is a small enough for one person to be very comfortable: it is 4ft high, the bedroom is 4ft deep, and is 7ft wide like all the other versions. This is a very sweet size, and also very portable but it to weighs too much to be carried for too long, but great for a one man expedition with a canoe or 4×4.

The open fire,  like always, is a winner: it never ceases to amaze me how many people don’t understand the added magic of being in a tent in the weather by an open fire. This is truly the king outdoor experience and why we love these tents so much.

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The smallest Baker tent – the mini Campfire Tent

The only Issue with this last one was that sometimes you want to go camping in the forest with a friend or if you are lucky with a wife or husband. This is what brought us to make the double size bedroom, slightly higher at 5ft high, and almost 7ft deep, and like both its predecessors its 7ft wide. This was the winner in our view.

We took ours to a lake we love in the mountains of mid-Wales. It was late afternoon and we made a fire and cooked a lovely dinner by the lake side, a quick jump into the calm water before sorted us out. We were  just relaxing to go to sleep, and got disturbed by a dog walker that decided he needs to confront us for camping there. Apparently the ‘no camping’ sign we drove past disturbed him, and the fact that we jumped in the water was really too much, as it was kept for nature only. Nature ……….and……… his dog.

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The calm water of the mountain lake

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Late afternoon dinner in Baker Tent

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Still view before sunset

We decided to treat it as an omen that we were not welcome after all, and packed the tent down in record time of 5 minutes. It was getting dark so having to let go of a perfect camping spot seemed strange. Yes nature is preserved for dog walkers to enjoy, but we did not feel like fighting, sometimes the universe speaks to one in strange ways.

It seemed like there was no chance of a camping spot, so at the last minute we snuck past a forest gate, and down a little forest road, and viola we were amongst the trees. The tent went up in less than 5 minutes, including the fire and was even better than the last spot. The tent was in its element and we fell asleep to the smell of woodsmoke. Having slept in those amazing tents now in hot weather and in howling storms, I can say for certain you don’t know what you are missing: it’s a different experience to see the sunrise under canvas.

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The morning after

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Front view

And no, it does not need a mosquito net like plastic tents provide (although we have made them with too) because insects avoid the fire, and the smoke smell. I’ll bet you could take it up to Ranoch Moor, where a midge machine (yes they do exist) can fill a 5kg jar in one evening with dead midges, and not get one bite.

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Top view of baker tent

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Side view showing the depth of the sleeping compartment

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Water for coffee

Hopefully the customer will get to make a Youtube movie showing this tent one day (he promised) so we can put a link to it here.

Of Mountains and Canvas, of Baker Tents and the Welsh Robin Hood

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The Yurt Cover mountain range

Been staring at mountains of canvas for some time now….

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Yurt wall ridge

…which decided us it is time to go to the mountains in canvas (in our larger baker-tent). As you may know we currently live in Wales which happens to be very Wild and beautiful, especially around here. On a Canvas delivery last week we were told about the Welsh Robin Hood – Twm Sion Cati so we decided we are going to start exploring at Dinas Hill.

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Dinas Hill

His magical cave just happens to be just south of my favourite spot the Llyn brianne reservoir, and we quickly scaled the hill to the cave, and amazingly we found our names on the wall of fame: it is a Welsh secret that anyone who carves their name in that cave becomes…….. (not going yo tell you if you don’t know it already or it would not be a secret).

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The Cave wall of fame

It  reminded me later on, when came to a waterfall, of the Journey to the Heart of the World by Ian Baker where he goes to seek the illusive mythical waterfall, but to get to it he has to follow a set of directives. The Tibetans believe that the landscape is the body of a goddess and her secret spots are “Beyuls“: (spots that are gateways, some are described like Paradise, some are places in other worlds), but in order to get to the waterfall he had first to go and visit the mountain top, and that also could not be done directly. So circling around Dinas Hill made think about all that, the Body of the Welsh Goddess and her Wild spots. I am a great advocate of the power of the wild, in fact I secretly hope that religion will revert back to the days before gods, when mountains and valleys are where the powers are, powers before they solidified into personifications as mountain gods and goddesses – of rain and thunder) when naturalism was pure and power was pure and nature was pure……. ok enough, breath.

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Waterfall

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At the top of Devil’s Staircase

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At the bottom of Devil’s Staircase

We went through forests and up and down the hills looking for a spot to pitch up that night and and ended up going of the road on one of the most off-road routes in wales: the Strata Florida 4×4 track.

This to me is the best part of Wales, where wild oaks and rough mountains come together, “where wild horses are in the face of the battle”

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Wild Horses with face for a battle

It was getting dark, and we realised that our cute little 4×4 just defeated the most 4×4 worthy track and that in fact we don’t feel much for green laning, when with a sigh when we hit the the tarmac again and stopped bouncing. Why people call this fun defeats me with all the burning clutch smell, and fearing for the vehicle anatomy, like worrying about shock absorber bushes etc, , you know that picture of fording a river with your Defender, I mean seriously ?

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Baker Tent

So anyhow… we took back to the lake, and,almost dark we quickly pitched up the tent, (the Land Rover Campfire Tent without the Land Rover) and went wooding in the dark and the rain, like good gypsies do.

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Baker tent (campfire tent) by the lake

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Fire Lit

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Gypsy tipping tea

That night was lovely: the wildness of the place and darkness poured colour into my dreams and I felt energised sleeping there by the power of the wilds which was enhanced by fasting the whole day, and walking (and some intense 4x4ing) the Welsh Goddess.

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Morning Coffee Yoffi

We woke up early to an amazing misty morning, with canvas banging in the rain and the wind, and our hearts feeing wild. It was like a scene from one of Bill Mason’s documentaries, and a grand victory for the baker Tent, which has proved itself the real tent of the wild. We were recently involved in a heated debate (ok actually it was only me that got heated) about the ups and downs of this fabulous open fire tent, one of our new wild canvas range.

So no more Debate.

Land Rover Campfire Tent

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Land Rover Tent in Brecon Beacons

Here is our Land Rover Campfire/Baker Tent in the Brecon Beacons: really the larger version of our mini Baker tent, both made after Bill Mason’s baker tent designs with some improvements. The poles live in canvas sleeves which gives the structure more stability and mush less sag.

This larger version of the campfire tent, has zips so the side flaps can be closed one at a time to provide a sealed bedroom, whilst the other flap still stays open as a wind break. The flaps use a line of toggles at the top to tie to either the side or the main section, via loops.

We have tried this in the stormy Welsh weather and it proves to be a winner.

The extra with this tent is that it is designed to mate with a land rover defender: the dimensions are made so it is just high enough at the level of the roof, and so you can park you Defender (because everybody has one) right on to it, backwards, or side on.

Like our other campfire tent it has room and capacity for an open fire this is what makes this tent so amazing in our view: the fire.

 

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Land Rover tent closed

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Land Rover Tent side rolled

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Blue Eyes

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Open sides

 

Baker Tent Mark 2 – Slanty

We got Baker Tent mark two up today, one we made for our distributer, Kevin Ruston from Wynnchester Camp and Adventure, still the only one selling the Wild Canvas brand in the UK, except us of course.

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Baker Tent mk 2

We introduced some upgrades to the Baker tent design, like the pole pockets and some different fastenings, but the main thing is that when it rained, the rain was collecting on the porch roof as the porch needed to be the same height as the main tent section, because the side walls double up as doors for the inner tent.

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Baker Tent with walls closed

We love it when something does two things and it keeps it versatile: the wall uses the same toggle system, so the wall cord loops can be tied up both places (to the tent or to the porch sides). The toggles allow one to open the wall with one hand, which is nice when you have a torch at night etc.

Mark 2, has the added feature of jointed front poles, allowing 2 heights, so that the roof can be slanted to allow the rain to shed either side and the wall is simply folded up when lower.

Anyway, the nice thing about this mk 2 is……

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Nice Thing

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Roof slanted

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Baker Tent with side wall open and folded

And here it is in its full glory, Slanty!

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Slanty Baker Tent at the ready

Sewing inside the White Horse yurt and Baker Tent mk 2

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Tipi cover inside yurt

 

Had to quickly finish the tipi cover, as we are about to make The Baker tent mk 2. This one will have wooden toggles to secure the doors/walls instead of the double d-rings we had on the last one, which are more in keeping with the old style look we want the “Wild Canvas” brand to have.

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Toggles drilled

 

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And threaded with parachute cord

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Baker Tent mk 2 section plan

Here is the sections plan for the Baker tent, still quite complicated (even with the plan). The trick is what gets sewn first to what, to make all seams waterproof.

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Little egg that just hatched

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Alignment of seams

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The little hatchling

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And the famous toggles now in the seam

The Wild Canvas Storm Kettle bag

We were introduced to the storm kettle a little while ago and found it amazing, using very little wood to boil water as quickly as an electric kettle. As we are involved in turning our Wild Canvas brand into a more comprehensive range, we decided to make some bags for these kettles, as a good friend who had one for years, told us that the problem with those is that they come with a nylon carry bag which get trashed with the fire and soot, so our Wild Canvas designer came up with this.

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Storm kettle in front of Baker Tent

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Storm kettle in Wild Canvas bag

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The Wild Canvas Bag closed

We called the company to talk about these, and ended up making them their own tent.

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The Storm Kettle tent

More of this tent tomorrow when it is finished.
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The day the earth unfroze

The summer came straight out of winter, the earth unfroze, and we pitched our (first made) baker tent.20130405_141918

The earth started thawing, so the north wind went to live outside.

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Writing bushcraft blog

The earth liked the north wind so much we all moved out, and as it was time for making open fires, I decided to do something about the big axe, here is a little tutorial of how to put an axe handle on.

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Air dried ash, adze, draw knife, and axe head

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Axe handle whittled down

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Blank into head, little space at sides

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Handle wedge groove cut

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Driving the wedge

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A little oil on handle

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Shavings for fire

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Making flat bread

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Baker tent…… baked

Dinner on the unfrozen earth, and bushcraft blog entry written in baker tent.