We have modified the wedge tent to add a much higher degree of versatility. The addition of a door to both ends allows the tent to be opened for ventilation or the lifting of one complete side. Raising one side allows a merchant the ability to offer wares, yet be able to close down quickly in stormy weather or securely at night. When used with a wall tent or another wedge, the Sutler encourages sales from one area and domestic living in another.
It is also the perfect shelter for those folks longing for the ability to sit facing your campfire for warmth without being trapped in an exposed area when a blowing storm comes up. Drop the wall, tie the doors shut, and weather that storm in dry comfort.
Sutler tents come with mud flaps completely around the base of the tent. One door at each end may be tied to the pole and the overlapping door reinforcements may be secured both inside and out. We include ties at each end to roll the doors out of the way when the wall is lifted or when you want major ventilation with the wall down.
Unless otherwise noted, Tentsmith tents are made out of 10 oz. white Sunforger – Flame resistant canvas.
All PRODUCTS ARE “CANVAS ONLY”. YOU WILL NEED POLES, (possibly) ROPES, AND STAKES TO SET UP YOUR TENT, WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY.
Julie Stickler –
I now own my second Sutler Wedge from Tentsmiths. I bought my first Tentsmiths wedge used, back in 2009 or 2010. I set it up for multiple weekends as part of my reenacting group’s displays, used it for camping (it went to the SCA’s Pennsic War twice), and set it up as a sunshade when we did our annual school event. Then in 2017 I sold that tent to its third owners.
I love this style, it’s very stable in bad weather because you can tie the doors to the uprights to help stabilize it. Our main event is several weekends in October, and every couple of years the remains of a hurricane come through. My tent was always standing at the end of the storm. Since there are only stakes, no ropes, it has a very small footprint if you’re just camping. But because it has doors on either end, you have the option of opening it up and using it as a shade or a small shop. The two doors also allow a cross breeze on hot days.
If you want a simple tent (three poles, no ropes) that’s historically accurate for a span of literally centuries, this is your tent.