Make your own poles

If you opt to make your own poles be sure to follow our tipi pole specifications.

Choosing the right right poles

Choosing the right right poles
Tipi poles should be straight and free of faults. They should be cut and peeled while green, and dried before use. The pole sizes on the following chart are optimal. Poles slightly shorter, or with slightly larger butt sizes may be used.

Tipi Size Guide

Tipi Size Guide

Peeling your tipi poles

Peeling your tipi poles
Poles should be peeled with a draw knife or similar tool.

Recommended Tree Species

Recommended Tree Species
Lodgepole Pine is the best species, but Douglas Fir may be substituted. Western Red Cedar can make an excellent pole, but it can be difficult to find. Tipi poles are found in very dense growths. When trees grow very close together they tend to grow tall, thin, and straight, with few lower branches.

Cutting and Measuring

Cutting and Measuring
When cutting poles to length, cut the top to the size desired, then measure down the pole for length. Top size is more important than butt size