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11:25 PM - May 15, 2018 #21

I wonder if most people would be confused by the proper term for a four pole support structure called a quadripod  (sp?)?   Interesting and workable alternative to the tripod so commonly used on tipis.
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11:45 PM - May 15, 2018 #22

I like to think of a "tripod" as having 3 legs but joined at the apex.

All the 4-post houses that I've seen or been in use the posts as the 4 corners of the world.
They hold up the roof beam structure.

You could join all 4 posts at an apex but I can't see how that holds up a roof
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4:12 PM - May 16, 2018 #23

Hello RV

Earlier in this thread you will find two resources, one is the four pole tie system (illustrated) used by some Plains Indians and a Reindeer people who used a three forked pole system(see video) ...the Hidatsa people used a similar forked pole system but added fourth pole to create what they thought was a tighter lock of the poles(per Buffalo Bird Woman).

Both systems supported skin lodges, grass and turf roofing.

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6:56 PM - May 16, 2018 #24

Hello Folks

Here is an article about the Crow Tipi which has a four pole base system fully explained and the tie of the poles illustrated.

If one wished a four pole base you could probably not due better than the women of the Crow People.

https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wile ... 1.02a00060

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2:57 AM - May 18, 2018 #25

You will see, from both old and contemporary examples in the Pacific Northwest, 
that the four corner posts support a frame which support the roof logs.

In the interior, the roofing material is the spoil from excavating the pit.
On the coast, the house boards are split from the multipurpose western red cedar.  
The biggest house that Franz Boas measured was a Haida dwelling, 40' wide and 100' long.
The biggest single house board was a split of western red cedar, 14' tall x 36" wide x 3/4" thick ( no mean accomplishment.)
Haida stripped their houses and carried those house boards by boat as they moved around seasonal camp villages.
Regional differences in design and construction.
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4:49 AM - Jun 19, 2018 #26

i read an article that said the usual Pit River pit house had 3 support posts. With that quadripod model I made pictured ahove, could it have four support post to hold up those rafters?
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4:52 AM - Jun 19, 2018 #27

I'm thinking about making a pithouse too, I found a spot that I think has deep enough soil. There are a lot of ponderosa pine poles growin there though so I will have to rip out some 4" diameter stumps. And hopefully the water table is low enough. It's a high spot in a riparian area 
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5:00 AM - Jun 19, 2018 #28

Dead incense cedar trees have nice poles and the bark is easy to pull off. Juniper would also work but I'm not as farmilar with juniper. I would use fresh trees(or recently killed trees) for the support posts and the cross pieces and I would use dead trees for the roof. I can collect only green juniper, harvesting green cedar, pine, or white fir is not allowed in the nat'l forest. 
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5:09 AM - Jun 19, 2018 #29

How thick should the roof poles be for a maybe 10' diameter pithouse?
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5:42 AM - Jun 19, 2018 #30

Hello Ramaytush

Highly recommend you the ancestors proven knowledge of the four pole tie system in post No.3 in this thread.

The link below will give you a proper scale of poles compatible with the four pole tie. The dimensions used for a 12’ Tipi should give you the proper strength your pit house project.

http://www.tipi.com/tipipoles/

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1:22 AM - Jun 20, 2018 #31

What do you think about the 3 post pithouse described here?
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1:40 AM - Jun 20, 2018 #32

This is a Pacific Northwest First Nations pit house, of central interior design.
This house is built with the knowledge and elders of Lleidli T'enneh.
You can see for yourself how the FN students were guided to cut and shape the log frame.
A loaded, wet soil covering means big posts.

http://www.unbc.ca/releases/34692/offic ... e-saturday
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2:18 AM - Jun 20, 2018 #33

Yes, I need try to find and ask the elders.
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2:21 AM - Jun 20, 2018 #34

I went up the the Klamath tribe headquarters to see their pithouse but it was deconstructed.
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12:12 AM - Jun 21, 2018 #35

The thing I find weird about the description of the Pit River three post pithouse is that it doesn't mention it being covered with earth.
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3:27 AM - Jun 21, 2018 #36

Hello Ramaytush

It reads like it was covered in bark.

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