The Dragonwing Home Page

Last Updated May 17, 2022

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Did you come here expecting to find a website for a tent manufacturer? Well, we closed that operation some years ago, and Dragonwing has been reformulated as a publishing house rather than a tent-making operation. I'm still the sole proprietor, but we're now focusing on publishing books on various topics.

As you may have noticed, we've also changed to a new server, with our own domain name of dragonwing.biz. If you've bookmarked our old site, you might want to delete the old bookmark and replace it with one for this new page. I don't know how long the old URL will still be active, so it's best to make sure that you've got the latest one. This goes not only for our home page but for any page you may have bookmarked over the years.

This is the only mass-produced book on the art of making and living in medieval-style tents still in print. It is available from the following vendors:

The print version of The Pavilion Book has returned to Amazon, this time in a print-on-demand format at the same price as before. Information can be found here. the book is also available as an ebook from amazon; you can find it here. and the price of the eBook has been reduced to $10.00 to put in in line with other electronic publications.

More information on The Pavilion Book can be found by clicking here.

If you're a devotee of the Volkswagen bus, particularly in its camper form, you might have been wishing for a book that explains to your friends and family (and maybe even yourself) what the fascination is for these old, oddly shaped vehicles, and why they continue to find eager buyers and users. This just might be that book.

It's available in both paperback and e-book form. More information can be found by clicking this link.

Quantity orders are also available directly from the publisher. Contact us here

In 1972, after graduating from college, Jerry Steimel set out on a cross-country road trip in a 1966 VW Beetle he called Zorba — named after the literary figure, Zorba the Greek. He didn't get far in the Beetle, but forty-five years later, Steimel took his dream off the shelf, and in a 1973 VW bus began a new journey of self-discovery on the back roads of America.

“This is a story about far more than one man’s quixotic quest to recapture his youthful adventure; this is a philosophical and cultural exploration of multiple decades, while still being an entertaining and whimsical ride. There are thousands of people considering taking their lives on the road, making this a timely, amusing, and relatable read.”

The Self Publishing Review Book Awards.

More information can be found by clicking this link.

Quantity orders are also available directly from Dragonwing. Contact us here

These two books have long been out of print, but now they're back. Written by Johnny Bock, a raconteur without equal, they're an essential addition to the bookshelf of any true VW bus lover.

More information can be found by clicking this link.

Quantity orders are also available directly from the publisher. Contact us here

If you're looking for the "how-to" articles on tentmaking that have been available on this site for the past twenty years, you will be happy to know that most of them are still there. It's been a real resource for many people, and I wouldn't want to deprive those who continue to rely on it. What's new will be information on some of the other writing I've been doing, and the books that will be coming out. If some of the links in the articles are no longer valid, let us know and we'll make the necessary corrections.

Index of Columns

Articles you can read, mostly on tentmaking and medieval tents

Our latest column describes how to set up a sunshade for drying, in a much smaller area than would usually be required.

Owner's Manual Index Page

for nearly every tent and sunshade Dragonwing has made since 1987, available for free downloading. You'll also find owner's manuals for the firepit and firepit bags we've sold over the years.

Who we are

Some history of Dragonwing

Our friends

Other people who like to talk about and make tents, plus other sites you might want to check out.

Drop us a note!

How to phone, write, or e-mail us. Tell us about what you like, or what you think needs improving, about our tents and our Web site.

Copyright 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018, 2022 by John LaTorre on all contents except where another writer has been credited, or for historical images reproduced for the site.