Friday, April 6, 2012

Cut Mine Swoopy

Ladies and gentlemen: please sharpen your hyperbolic cosines.

Catenary Cut: A catenary is a curve assumed by a perfectly flexible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points.

This curve can be applied to the cut of tarp ridgelines or the edges of tarps, making them "catenary cut", and easier to pitch tautly.

Practically speaking, they are then easier to pitch, use slightly less fabric, and are not so flappy on windy days. Plus, you get bragging rights over people with less trendy gear.

More: (Than you want to know...) Catenary