Experience in the Field of Fabric Architecture
Sperry Tents was born from the accidental inspiration of an accomplished sailmaker and craftsman, Steve Sperry.
While preparing for a large gathering of friends and family, Steve worked after hours at his sail loft to create a space for his growing guest list. He applied his design skills and working technical knowledge of fabrics to create a unique tent canopy.
Components of the original tent conveyed nautical flair: shapely hand-sewn panels of waterproof Dacron, stainless steel grommets, and lines with rigging cleats to secure the graceful creation. All center and side poles were made from native pine, milled at Steve’s sawmill. Although his first attempt at building a party tent was not intended to become an ever-growing part of his profession as owner and craftsman at Sperry Sails, he had unknowingly discovered a new market for his creativity.
From 1980 through the 1990s, the tent business was part of Sperry Sails’ overall operations. In 1996, Sperry Tents split off and became its own incorporated company. Under the leadership of Steve’s son, President Tim Sperry, Sperry Tents has grown to include individually owned offices that provide rentals to about a third of the nation.
Each and every Sperry Tent is still designed and crafted by the crew of Sperry Sails in the company’s post-and-beam facility in Rochester, Mass.