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The Principle of Erection, With Regards to Pavilions

posted 20 Jan 2009, 03:17 by Toby Atkin-Wright   [ updated 15 Feb 2009, 08:22 ]

by Antonio di Rienzo & Freyya Thorfinnsdottir

Upon revealing your pavilion, it is helpful to ensure that the surroundings are draft-free and not too moist, otherwise the process may require a great deal of time and effort, and may result in the erection being less successful than desired.

Firstly display your pavilion out upon the ground. Ensure that it is well positioned and pointed in the correct direction. It is most distressing to complete an erection to find oneself inappropriately located.

Construct the shafts and thrust them into the pavilion until their tips can be seen through the eyes atop it. Slide the horseshoes onto the shafts, moving them up and down appropriately until the nails can be plunged into the shafts with ease. This will ensure that the horseshoes are also correctly orientated.

(There are two lifting lines; we recommend that there be four main bracing lines and will endeavour to splice these before Warbands.)

Slip the lifting lines over the points of the shafts (now protruding from the eyes of the pavilion) and impale the dollies upon the points. Using these, haul the pavilion upright and make fast these lines upon large pegs in order to support the erection. It may also help to have other gentles on hand to hold the newly-erected shafts.

Now that the basic erection has been achieved, it is necessary to attach the spreaders to each shaft to support the ends of the pavilion. Each horseshoe is numbered with a 1, two 2s, two 3s and four 4s. First insert the spreader into hole 1, threading the attached guy line through the end eye of the pavilionàs collar and make fast to a large peg in such a way as to make a straight line with the two shafts and opposing guy line.

Repeat this process with further spreaders in the horseshoe holes marked 2. These guy ropes should be brought forth from the collar at an angle of 30 degrees from the line of the canvas.

Again, repeat this process, now using the horseshoe holes marked 3, and again with those marked with a 4. The guy ropes from the spreaders next to those marked with a 2 should be caught upon the same large pegs as those marked with a 2. This ensures that the body of the pavilion is stretched taut between the shafts. The main task of the erection is now complete. It only remains to support the base of the pavilion in order to ensure that the wind does not whistle around the base of the shafts. The small pegs are used to tie down the feet of the pavilion with the attached loops of rope.

The erection is now complete, and those gentles involved in its course may lie back, relax, and enjoy the warmth of that which they have created.

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