Working with Wood

We love to work with wood, it is such a magnificent, rustic and quirky material. Our crew become adept at this throughout the year, learning to love carrying the solid woodwork and even welcoming the odd splinter! In this post we’ll outline the story behind the wood we use: both our well travelled Tipi legs, and the wood we build our furniture from. We’ll also show a few “day in the life of a Tipi Man” shots, to give you an insight into an average day with Country Tipis.

Legs

Our Tipi legs are made from slow grown, de-barked spruce which is hand-selected for strength. They are sourced from the forests of North Scandinavia, then shipped over to the UK to be refined up in Bolton by The Tipi Company. The timbers are chosen for their straightness and represent the best specimens found in Northern Scandinavian. The poles, which are over 80 years old, are light but very strong which makes them ideal for outdoor structures. They can be carried by one person on the shoulder, as long as they get the balance point right!

Furniture

We hand-build all of our tables and benches from refined scaffold boards, then added our own custom end bands. After that we treat them with dark Danish oil to prolong the life and to complete the unique rustic look.

Whilst this solid construction means they are stable, the weight of them makes them slightly less popular with our crew. Though they invariably grow to love them!

Meet Richy

He works out in the French Alps throughout the winter, plying his trade as a ski fitter whilst enjoying time on his snowboard. In the summer you’ll find him on site building Tipis, making jokes and generally soaking up the rays.

Hailing from Barry, South Wales, expect numerous Gavin & Stacey quotes accompanied by the sounds of Goldie Lookin’ Chain on repeat.

Come join us!

If you love working in the great outdoors, we’re on the lookout for enthusiastic crew members to start in late April 2019. Please get in touch here or email hello@countrytipis.co.uk for more information.