Welcome to the website of Wigwam Sam.

Through a love of nature, creativity and inspiration from travels we make, sell & hire Tipis and have been making Tipis for the past 18 years....how did that happen?

Whether making or hiring Tipis we approach with creativity and attention to detail combined with high quality materials and craftsmanship.

We make our Tipis at our workshop in Cornwall and our Tipi poles are sourced from sustainably managed woodlands in our local area.


We have made & hired Tipis for

Warner productions Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

Hollyoaks, The Eden Project, M&C Saatchi for Orange, The Brit Awards and a number of outdoor forest schools projects.

Our Tipis have also featured in I.D, You magazine, Selvedge, The Guardian Weekend, Red, Small Family Gardens by Caroline Tilston and the Observer magazine.

We make and install Tipis for Forest schools.


The design and history of the Tipi

Tipis have a majestic presence with a functional design.

Conceived by the plains Indians the tipi is a conical shelter which was devised to be pitched and transported with relative ease.

Smokeflaps adjusted by two exterior poles make it possible to have a brazier or firepit inside. Adjusting the poles shields the rise of the smoke from the prevailing wind and allows the smoke to exit the Tipi.

The poles and cover hitched to a horse also served as travois (sleigh) to transport possessions when moving around. Traditionally the cover was made from buffalo hide which was readily available. These days we make them from canvas.

The poles and cover are assembled in a way that improves the ability of the Tipi to resist wind and enlarged the spatial arrangement inside.

Ventilation in the Tipi is controlled by the smoke flaps which are adjusted by the smoke flap poles depending on wind direction. The smoke flaps act like a chimney and help draw up the smoke from the central fire.

The Tipi lining creates a warm draft free cosy interior space, catching any rain which may drip when it begins to run down the poles.and when having a fire aids the draw of the smoke upwards.

Ours are usually around 6ft high and keeping the sleeping area dry.

A perfect retreat in your garden the tipi offers a calm space to get away from it all or equally a den for the kids to hang out in.

6ft children's Tipis





Glastonbury & Festival hire click here



What's in a name?

The words Tipi and Wigwam are often confused as they both share the same approximate meaning 'dwelling place'. Tipi originates from the Sioux / Lakota word relating to the conical skin tent used by the Plains Indians whereas Wigwam is a word derived from an East coast tribe who were fisherman and refers to a domed shaped shelter thatched with Birch bark and reeds. Apologies to anyone confused by the name Wigwam Sam but you have to admit it has a nice ring to it!






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