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.
A little movie of Angelika showing how much fun it is to cook in…
We have been preparing for the last show of the season taking Wild Canvas to new heights with a whole new range of canvas and leather Packs.
This post will be dedicated to the biggest of them all: The Monster Pack.
The lovely Angelika loaded down
Side tightening system
This one pushed all the stops out: truly enormous at 100 litre capacity in the main section, plus large side pockets, even larger front pocket and overload possibility, but also can be closed small with the side tightening system, for those milder adventures.
Photo by Olly Jelley
Look here to see how much you can stuff in there…and get change from a pound.
The Monster Pack with its friends and relations, will be on display at the Adventure Overland Show this weekend. Look out for the yellow Merc. 814 4×4
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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.
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.
- 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……
Baker Tent with side wall open and folded
And here it is in its full glory, Slanty!
- Slanty Baker Tent at the ready
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.
And threaded with parachute cord
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.
Little egg that just hatched
Alignment of seams
The little hatchling
And the famous toggles now in the seam
Starting with some box section
Welding some channel on
Laminated ash poles
Planing the ash poles
3 layers glued to form the poles
Some more connectors
Ash poles canvas and metal
Poles, ridge pole and canvas made
The centre pole
The Storm Tent
Sheltering from the storm
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.
Storm kettle in front of Baker Tent
Storm kettle in Wild Canvas bag
The Wild Canvas Bag closed
We called the company to talk about these, and ended up making them their own tent.
The Storm Kettle tent
More of this tent tomorrow when it is finished.