Equipment

These are the main vendors used by Versatile Arts for the most common equipment purchases. If you are hanging equipment for the first time, please make sure that an experienced rigger is involved!  Note that new models and brands are coming out all the time, so the specific items references below may not be available in future.

  • Ropes: Custom Built Equipment, http://www.cbe-circus.com, (937) 372-7581.  They are in Ohio so figure in a 2-hour time difference from Seattle.  A standard Spanish Web is 32′ long but you can order them in any length.
  • Tissu:
    • Sal Tex in Los Angeles is where most folks are getting their fabric these days.  $5/yard, about a dozen nice colors, tested to 5000 lbs.  213-623-1447
    • Fabric Depot, http://www.fabricdepotco.com, 979-758-3100.  They are in Texas – 2 hrs later than Seattle.  The fabric you want is the 40-denier tricot.  In recent years their quality has gone downhill, sadly.
  • Trapezes:
    • Sam Rose does excellent work on all types of trapeze.  duorose@gmail.com.
    • Brett Copes also makes trapezes, lyras, and custom apparatus.  fightorflightent@gmail.com.
  • Spansets: West Coast Wire Rope, (206) 767-4144.   7777 7th Avenue South. You order them “pull to pull”, meaning the distance between the ends when you stretch it out. Most common lengths are 3’, 4’, and 18”.  The black ones are fine (different colors = different strengths).
  • Swivels:
    • Be super-careful selecting swivels as there are a lot of cheap products out there these days!  Petzl is a reliable brand although quite expensive.
    • Karst Sports. http://www.karstsports.com/peswlp58la.html (there is also a smaller version for $10 less – both are good)
    • ClimbTech is a newer company with less-expensive options.  Time will tell whether they last as long as the Petzl – make sure to inspect frequently.  http://www.climbtechgear.com/swivel-hook/
    • We’ve also been trying the Fusion swivels and so far are liking these.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Trapeze/hoop tape can be hockey tape, coaches’ tape, gaff tape, or bike handlebar tape like Newbaum’s if you want to get handy.  Hockey tape comes from sporting goods stores like Big 5, coaches’ tape (get Johnson and Johnson’s) from Walgreen’s.  You can find almost all kinds on Amazon as well.
    • Rosin: We use rock rosin, like this kind from Danshuz.