Lodge Pole Pine Tipi Poles
We have excellent Lodge Pole Pine tipi poles available near Dixie, Idaho. Lodge Pole Pine are "thinned" from the forest to allow Ponderosa Pine to grow. Because Lodge Pole Pine grows so tall and thin, it was the Native's first choice of tree for their poles - it was from its use as a tipi pole that the first settlers named this tree" Lodge Pole" Pine. Our poles are hand-peeled and are usually sufficiently dry for immediate use. To get your poles perfectly smooth to the touch, sand them down with medium-rough sandpaper, then rub them down with Linseed Oil. This gives the pole a beautiful, light brown color, helps preserve it, and will prevent it from turning grey from exposure to the weather. Lodge Pole Pine is not the only species of tree that will make a good tipi pole. Any tree will do that is reasonably straight and can be thinned down to approximately 2-1/2" to 3" in diameter at the butt end. Tapering the pole is most easily accomplished using a drawknife. Poles should be dry before applying Linseed Oil. A set of poles will last more than 15 years if properly cared for. You will need 17 poles for your tipi - 15 poles are used on the inside and two poles on the outside for the smoke flaps.
What length tipi pole do you need? For a 14ft. tipi we suggest poles 16 feet long. For a 16ft. tipi, 20 ft. long. For an 18ft. tipi, 24ft. poles. For a 20ft. tipi, 24 ft. poles. For a 22ft. tipi, 27 to 30ft. poles. And for a 26ft. tipi, you will need 20 poles 27 to 30 feet long. (Of course, your poles may be longer than this if you like.)