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Meet the Crew – The Life of a Tipi Man

Having just completed his second summer season with us, Bertie has been a huge asset to the team since he joined Country Tipis. We had a quick chat and asked him a few questions:


How did you wind up working at Country Tipis?

I saw the job advertised on Gumtree and noticed it was just down the road and thought hey, brilliant! I didn’t really have any expectations, though I knew it would be a physical job working mostly outside and I hoped it would be good fun!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items could you not live without?

Music (to keep me entertained)

My Tipi Team-mates (because they’re great)

Alcohol (I’m hoping that the high water content will keep me hydrated)

Walk me through your typical day at work.

I start the day by getting picked up from my place, arriving at work for the designated time, then have the piss taken out of me from the start of the day until the end of the day. Once we arrive at the set-up location, we measure up, build the Tipis or Celeste, kit them out with flooring, furniture & lighting. We then sit down to enjoy a bit of lunch, after which we return to the yard, unload, reload and go home to get some rest before the next day.


What aspect of the tipi build do you enjoy the most?

I prefer building to taking down. I love going up the ladder and rigging up the electrics – fairy lights, chandeliers and everyone’s favourite – the disco ball.

What do you do with yourself throughout the quieter winter months and how does it compare to building tipis?

I work for private families as a household manager / chef in the winter. This is very different as I’m working alone, whereas I work as part of a team in the summer. I do enjoy the camaraderie that comes with working as a team!


What’s your favourite aspect of working at Country Tipis?

Every day is different, every job is different. I like the people the most – they’re a good bunch of people who have fun whilst building these structures. Who wouldn’t have a good time working here?!

If an alien walked up to you asking for your advice on tipi building, and you only had 30 seconds to give them your best tip, what would it be?

Get a reliable, hardworking crew who have a passion for doing it. It’s not easy work – carrying tables, chairs and other heavy kit in often boiling weather. You’ve got to have a passion to get up in the morning and come to work – it’s not easy getting up so early in the morning to carry stuff!

What makes Country Tipis stand out from the rest?

Country Tipis is a very professional outfit who take pride in what they do. The whole crew show attention to detail with everything they do, no job is rushed – everything is finished to a high standard and is nothing short of perfect. 


What is your favourite product that Country Tipis offer

The rustic pallet-wood bar finishes the Tipi well, as well as the nimbus Tipi which creates a separate area outside.

Thanks for the insights Bertie, until next year!


Crystal’s introduction to the world of Tipis

Two months ago I was working in the dentistry industry, organising annual conferences and awards ceremonies to promote the highest levels of clinical excellence within the profession. I loved managing the organisational aspects of the several awards ceremonies we hosted, and seeing the teams working hard to give their patients the best possible care get the recognition they deserve. But, coming from a hospitality and events background, I really missed the variety that the events industry offers and knew it was time for a change.

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The world of tipis

Once I found the role online, I did some googling and was introduced to the world of Tipis. Not having really seen them before I was fascinated by how they looked, how they worked and how they formed part of such unique events. After looking at photos of some of the events Country Tipis had done, the lovely venues they work with and most importantly all the fairy lights everywhere, I knew this was something I wanted to be involved with. Although, I was a little worried that working in an office with just men would be a bit awkward, I’m a bit of a neat freak and like things in certain ways. Boy, did I have nothing to worry about, both Richard and Ceri, are just as organised as me! Phew!

Learning the ropes

In my first month with the company, I had been shown so much. I learnt how to PAT test and helped to test all of our equipment; all 400 cables worth (now that’s a lot of fairy lights!). I also assisted on a site visit to understand how to measure out the tipis to ensure they will fit into a space and that the ground is suitable. Best of all, I became a crew member for the day and helped set up and take down 2 tipis. This was for one of our open weekends at the Letchworth Centre for Health Living. It was a really great way to understand how these unique structures work and a brilliant introduction to the team.

I was actually surprised by how prepared the team were for my arrival, it really made me feel welcome. And, since joining the company, Richard & Ceri have enlisted my help to decorate the office to ensure the space is inviting for both us and our visitors. As I’ll be in the office most days, Richard even bought me a toaster for my morning crumpets! Based at Vanstone Park close to Hitchin, our office is a little unconventional but with the right decoration, some decking and flowers, it really has become an unique place to work. There’s also a pen for the staff’s dogs!

Always moving

It was an exciting prospect to come and work for a company that was still early on in their journey, however, I was amazed at the growth Country Tipis has seen already. Not just in the number of events they host but also in the services they offer. Continuing to develop, we will soon be launching our new Celeste Pole Marquee and I cannot wait. It gives clients another avenue to consider for their events without losing the rustic outdoor theme.

Having done some local research into different tipi companies when I first started, I was able to understand structurally how our tipis differed to many other companies. Although, I really believe it’s the attention to detail that sets Country Tipis apart from the rest. I’m looking forward to supporting the team and helping to make it the busiest and best year yet!


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