Sperry tent

Any fabric architecture project is a collaborative undertaking. We view the site, listen, brainstorm, and suggest—then we design, craft, install, and fine-tune.

How We Work

From blank page to finished project

Step One: The Idea

Our team meets with you, listens to your needs, and measures the available space before recommending a solution. We can also work with commercial clients to fully engineer future structures.

Step Two: Fine-Tuning

There is typically some back and forth before a design is approved. Our goal is always to build something beautiful and functional that fits your expectations. 

Step Three: Production

We typically craft and install the wooden framework first. Once the frame is in place, we take fine laser measurements before cutting and sewing the fabric portion.

Step Four: Maintenance

After a couple seasons in the sun, your fabric creation will need some maintenance. We can check, repair, and wash fabric as well as sand and revarnish wood.

Sperry Craftsmanship

Clients around the world approach us because we offer something that’s becoming rarer with the passage of time: traditional craftsmanship. Not unlike shipbuilders and sail makers of the past and present, we create using wood, metal, fabric, and rigging—shaping and perhaps even enhancing the inherent beauty and strength of each medium.

Wood Work 

Many of our lead craftspeople boast degrees and have taught courses in their trade. Some specialize in fine woodworking; others have backgrounds in home construction. Together, their experiences harmonize into a cohesive approach that pays attention to fine details while ensuring big-picture viability. 

Metal Work

Our metalworkers are meticulous, outputting quality welds that stand up to the closest scrutiny. They are comfortable working with both aluminum and stainless steel and can execute special finishes upon request.

Fabric Work

Most of our fabric designs start in a computer program and are then mechanically cut to ensure precision. After this more tech-forward stage, our awnings and canopies are welded and sewn together by hand. The application of stainless steel grommets, Dacron tape, and support patches hearken back to our sailmaking roots.

Traditional Craftsmanship

“I'm proud that we make most everything at Sperry with our own two hands. It's a dying art. I believe the unique artistic touch that we apply to our products is what makes them so special. I'm happy to uphold this tradition.”

Robin DeSloover
Head of Woodwork

Let's chat about how a custom fabric structure can benefit your space.