What is a reinforced center loop? When folks are contemplating the purchase of an oilskin tarp they often ask about the option for a reinforced center loop. All of our oilskin (and even our less commonly purchased canvas) tarps come with a row of loops spaced evenly down each seam. On every tarp under 12 […]
Here we are, in September of 2020 and boy what a year it has been. Just about this time last year was when Alena and Stephen opened up for orders as the new owners of Tentsmiths. We had worked so hard all summer getting ready to take care of reenactors all over the country and […]
What happens when the Shellenbeans are stuck not attending events for long periods? You get a video about the mysterious Whelen! This is such a unique style of shelter, and not like a tent at all. It has a completely open front, and only wings on the sides. The Whelen is meant to be erected […]
Here at Tentsmiths, we spend most of our time thinking about canvas, about our customers, about stuff like: what would be the most efficient way to carry feed for horses when your army is on the march in 1528? But like the rest of you we live in the year 2020 and right now we’re […]
A new week, a new video. This is a long one, longer than it normally takes us to put up a tent, but come along as we show you how to put up a wall tent and show you all the nifty features.
Sometimes we make very custom pieces as special orders. Watch a video about a charming project we got to contribute to at Strawbery Banke Museum.
The Shellenbeans look forward to September and October every year, because that is when we get to spend time at our other home, with our other family, in the camp of Das Geld Fahnlein at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. Many years ago Alena and Stephen met at the Vermont Renaissance Festival and have continued to […]
We’ve been in the new shop in Gonic, NH (which is a village in the City of Rochester, NH) for 2 months now, but most of that has been making the space ready for use, putting in floors, moving all the equipment, etc.. Now that we’re in October it is starting to feel more like […]
The world of the internet is wild and sometimes scary, but most of the time it is full of opportunities. So we’re not just launching this new website, we’re also hoping to put up some videos for you. Mostly to assist with tent set-up, pole making, maybe teach a little about tents. Our first video […]
We’re so glad you’ve found your way to our website, the person/search engine who directed you here has really good taste. We make the highest quality historical canvas tents in the United States. Whether you’re a reenactor, history site, trekker, primitive camper, or your own unique type of person, we’d love to make you a […]