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Only in a tipi!       Only in a tepee!       Only in a teepee!

Tipi - Tepee - Teepee

Regardless how you spell it, tipis are habit forming. If you've ever lived or camped in a tipi, you're probably hooked.

Where else can you
  — lie by an open fire and listen to the rain without getting wet? - In a tipi
  — roast hot dogs over glowing embers while the wind blows and not get smoke in your eyes? - In a tepee
  — on a hot summer day can you raise the wall of your shelter on the shady side and let a cool breeze flow through, or sit out a winter storm, secure and warm, while the elements rage on the outside? - in a teepee
  — gaze up at the stars as you fall asleep and awake to a cloud burst and still stay dry? - in a tipi
  — find a shelter so pleasing to the eye, so compatible with nature, so versatile, so complete?

Only in a tipi!       Only in a tepee!       Only in a teepee!
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Reese Tipi are currently not being manufactured. Please check back soon as we expect this to be a temporary situation. Thank you

The Reese Tipi Story... When I sold Smith & Adams Company in 1978 (noted for quality canvas products including tipis [tepees, teepees] since 1889) I retained the rights to our custom Indian tipi, liner, and ozan designs. Since then, our family has continued to make a limited number of Indian tipis for those who insist on having maximum quality, fit and durability. Simply put, We guarantee to manufacture the best tipi that can be made.

Emphasis on quality is obvious when you inspect one of our Indian tipis. Only the finest water repellent tipi fabrics are used, stress areas are heavily reinforced, all authentic features are carefully preserved, including gores and smoke flap pockets, and every tipi comes with complete instructions for installation, use, care and maintenance. The basic design is Sioux with the Cheyenne smoke flap extensions. We can also make Blackfoot, Crow and other tipis upon request. We use only the finest lodgepole pine for our tipi poles and we can ship the poles anywhere in the continental U.S. and Canada and most of the remaing free world.

tipi.jpgWhen we first started making Native American tipis we studied all the literature we could find on the subject. We combined what we learned from our studies with our extensive knowledge of fabrics and fabrication and made our first family tipi. We subjected this and subsequent tipis to all types of stress and exposure until we had a tipi we were satisfied to pur our name on.

One of our tipis was left up in the mountains for 4 winters and was 10 years old before it finally perished under 16 feet of snow during an exceptionally severe winter. When we examined the remains we found that not one of our reinforced areas had failed - the fabric itself had given way when the poles collapsed and punctured the fabric, but not the reinforcements - and this after the equivalent of at least 20 years of normal seasonal use.

When we made the tipis for the movie 'Windwalker', their Art Director did extensive research to achieve authenticity. It was found that our design was completely authentic in style and appearance (Sioux, with the Cheyenne smoke flap extensions). Over the years we have made thousands of tipis and we strive to make each one just a little better than the last one.

For many years I did the design and layout and Catherine did the cutting and the sewing. Our nine children and forty four grandchildren help them enjoy tipi lore and living. Many of us have tipis of our own. For the 'Reese Family', tipis are truly a family thing. We enjoy making them and love living and camping in them. Here's hoping you enjoy your tipi as we have enjoyed ours.

Our "13 Points of Excellence" are standard features on all Reese Tipis. No other tipi has all of these features. Very few tipis have more than 4 or 5 of these features. Look for all these points of excellence before you choose your tipi.

Most people who are not familiar with Indian tipis (and some who are) have no idea of how to choose a lodge. Many do not know that there are different tipi styles, sizes, pole configurations, types of fabric or degrees of fit and quality. Most tipi manufactures today sacrifice quality, fit, finish or all of the above to compete on a price before value basis. We at Reese Tipis strongly beleive in providing our customers with the best overall value and a product we and the customer can be proud of for many years.
Frank Reese - Founder, Reese Tipis