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Pennsic happiness!


Well, at least a very close approximation of one - at least by mundane standards. I saw it at Ikea with Quincy last weekend, then forgot about it, then was reminded of it today so I stopped after work and bought it.

It's a HALVÖ, a 5-sided gazebo 13' across with polyester walls, about 6'5" at the walls with a huge cathedral roof that's almost 11' tall, including air vent with cover. It's kind of a cross between a yurt and a pavillion, and I LOVE it! Heaven knows if it's Pennsic weather proof, and I'm not thrilled about the polyester, but even if it only lasts one year, the frame is worth making new canvas walls and roof for.

And it's on clearance for a mere $99.00 - POIT!

Pennsic happiness! SCA glee! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! :D


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Jun. 8th, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC)
very cool!!
Jun. 8th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
It's SO so pretty! It's Halvolicious.
Jun. 9th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)
I found the photo of it online and I am wondering what is going on with the walls/sides--I guess it's like a pentagon shape and has a door/opening somewhere? I am wondering how much square footage the footprint is...I guess I need to go to Ikea and check it out.
Jun. 9th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
Pentagon shape, comes with 4 walls (I'm just going to get some fabric for the 5th wall/door). The website says it's 13' across, so I would say bet on a 13x13 square footprint.
Jun. 9th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC)
Listen I won't be at Pennsic (that work thing)..but if the tornados etc do come it's only 15min from the gate to my house so there is a house of refuge so to speak if needed.
Jun. 9th, 2004 09:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the offer!
Jun. 9th, 2004 09:34 am (UTC)
Dude! Ikea really_does_ have everything!
Jun. 23rd, 2004 11:41 pm (UTC)

I found this post in a Google search for "Halvö gazebo" and I wanted to ask you some questions (I just bought one today -- they are now marked down to $75!).

Have you used yours for an event yet, or tried setting it up? How many people were needed?

Any comments on it would be great. It looks really cool and I'm hoping I won't freeze to death in mine. ;)
Jun. 24th, 2004 12:58 pm (UTC)
I haven't set it up yet (and thanks for the reminder to do so), but I wouldn't think it would take more than two people - it's not that big.

And if anything I'd think you'd sweat in it more than freeze - it's all polyester, so it's not going to breathe all that well in the sun. You can always wrap it in fabric if you think you need more insulation (which I might do).

If nothing else, it's worth it for the frame. Hang some canvas walls and stitch up a new roof and you've got a decent pavilion!
Jun. 24th, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ugh, the polyester. You've got a point there. Though it does have much more ventilation than a dome tent, so it shouldn't be too bad. And the additional wall I'll put on it won't be polyester.

I was more thinking about the gaps in it since it doesn't come down to the ground (should I sew loops on the bottom to try to stake the fabric down?), and how a windy day might affect it. I don't have the money to remake all the walls and roof at the moment so I am going to have to live with it for now.

It's going to be so nice to have room to breathe in it! I am so psyched. I won't be using it at Pennsic since I can't go there, but just for weekends in An Tir, so it should be fine for now. I will need to work on making sure the wind and water don't get in, though.

Anyway, I'm glad you posted about it -- and in the SCA context, at that. It's impossible to find info on this gazebo online because IKEA discontinued it and removed it from all of their websites, except for this one in Italian. So, thanks! :)
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