My previous tent maker is no longer making tents, what do I need to know about Tentsmiths tents before ordering?

The historical tent landscape has been shaken up lately. Panther Primitives retired, Armbruster sold their building and shuttered their doors, and some other tent makers are pairing down their catalogs. While Tentsmiths isn’t the only name left in the market, we’re certainly one of the oldest and most established, with almost 45 years in the […]

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Cowboy Bedroll/Oilskin Tarp

Our friend Dave Canterbury from the Pathfinder School asked for a special waxed canvas tarp. an 8′ x 6′ tarp that is very versatile, very useful. We sell them through the Self Reliance Outfitters website. Learn more about the tarp, and get some handy tips for any size tarp in these two videos.

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The contents of a bag laid out on a green surface; a personal tablet with a pen, a pamphlet, an astham inhaler, a small pouch, a packaged hooded poncho, a lint roller, a book, a pen and pencil container made of fabric, a first aid kit, a couple of business cards, a sharpie, a pair of sccissors, a flashlight, a bottle opener, a whistle, and other items for every day outdoor journeying. The bag is in the top right of the pile, and is meant to imply that all of the items will fit inside.

Tour of the Anything’s Possible Bag

Take a quick tour of Tentsmiths’ newest products, our Anything’s Possible – Shoulder Bag. In stock and ready to ship now.

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An oilskin tarp is hung from a tree to provide a cover over a comfortable campsite. A brown blanket is laid flat on the ground with another blanket, white with multi-color stripes on both ends, folded on top of it. The campsite is located in a grassy spot with trees and bushes providing a backdrop.

Why don’t you have a true 10×10?

Just a quick video explaining why our 10′ tarp is only 9’8″ wide. The answer may surprise you! (actually, it probably won’t, but we felt like we had to say that.)

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A white sticker on a wooden surface. In black ink, it reads TentSmiths and curves around underneath the company logo.

Our Very First Swag!

We’re an old-fashioned kind of company. Mostly what we spend our days on is stitching up the best shelters that we can, and letting the tents and tarps speak for themselves. But our customers have asked if there are some ways they can show their Tentsmiths love, so here it is. We now have stickers! […]

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Meet the Tentsmiths Crew – Stephen

Name: Stephen ShellenbeanHometown: Deerfield, NHPosition: Chief Operating OfficerWhich means: I figure out what we’re making and how it’s made. And then answer questions when folks are confused. I’ve been sewing for most of my life and camping for all of it. Many were the summers I spent under canvas as a Boy Scout before discovering […]

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Meet the Tentsmiths Crew – Brynhildr

Name: Brynhildr (But everyone calls me Brinnie)Hometown: Deerfield, NHPosition: DivaWhich means: I am the reason everyone comes to the shop, right? I am a Bull Terrier, and I am 45 pounds of love. I was rescued one year ago and I fit in great! I love to sit in laps and give kisses. It is […]

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Meet the Tentsmiths Crew – Alena

Name: AlenaHometown: Hopkinton, New HampshirePosition: Owner/CFOWhich means I: Take care of the bills, Answer the phones with Kristal, post on social media, assist with scheduling, cutting, hiring, you name it, I do it! Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved history. Half the photos of me growing up I’m wearing prairie dresses and straw […]

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Why choose Tentsmiths?

We often get asked why someone should purchase our tents and not one from somewhere else. We don’t offer the spread of colors some do and may require more poles. Our tents also tend to cost a bit more than others, but are they worth it? We think so, and here’s why. Let’s start with […]

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A woman smiling while standing in a street. She's wearing a blue shirt and draped in a plaid blanket. Her hair is dyed green and braided into a ponytail that hangs over her shoulder. Behind her is a metal fence separating the walkway from someone's backyard.

Meet the Tentsmiths Crew – Ariel

Name: ArielHometown: Nashua, NH/ New Boston, NH; we moved a few times. Position: Shop ManagerWhich means I: Organize production in the shop! I train our stitchers and work along side them to get canvas and oilskin products cut, stitched, and otherwise ready for shipping. I also work closely with Stephen to manage the workload and make […]

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