In almost all of the tent pictures where you can see the guy ropes, the guys have what we call crow’s feet. Crow’s feet are the three (less often two) ropes coming off the eave of the tent that are knotted (it seems) into just one rope that is pegged to the ground. Like this:
We’ve always struggled with the crow’s feet. They’re difficult to adjust, we’re not sure of how to do the knot and mostly we’ve just put them in the too hard basket and gotten quite a good shape to our eaves anyway;
A few days ago, I discovered this picture. It’s out of period, but it’s suggesting an alternative construction technique for the guys:
Maybe the guys go up to the centre pole and are sewn to the roof canvas, maybe the crow’s feet are then tied on to the main guy to hold out the eave?
What do you think?