This year I went searching the property for suitable poles and settled on some cedar I found. Peeling them was real easy! I just cut a narrow strip and wedged my tomahawk under the bark and in 10 minutes, one pole was peeled and ready to dry. The cover is a simple $26 10oz cotton painters tarp that I waterproofed with linseed oil. Linseed oil did a fantastic job at water proofing it! Its simple, but it keeps my trade blanket covered over and the heat off our heads.