Here's one idea:
I was thinking 7/64 amsteel or dynaglide for the suspension curves. Might be a little on hard the legs getting in and out of, but this would be a prototype anyway.
The suspension triangles and spreaders would be the same as for a BMBH or a Grizzbridge.
For the body, you would only need a loom about 4.5 ft long and about 6.5-7 ft tall. I don't think you would need a curved loom or special weaving in the middle because the weave and the method of hanging should take care of the shape of the hammock when weighted.
Edit: Thinking about this some more leads me to think that a curved loom WOULD be needed. I don't have one here at work to confirm, but I don't think there is much stretch END TO END on the Mayan weave. Darn.
The only problem I see with this is how to keep the hammock from compressing from end to end when weighted. Two lines of amsteel or dynaglide spliced together along the length of the suspension arc 'porpoise-ing' in and out to create loops for the weave to attach should solve this issue. Any other ideas?
Body weave material: Nylon twine or unbraided (thanks for the idea Boris!) GRAY amsteel (to prevent looking like a smurf with the blue)
I know a typical Mayan has 3000-5000 ft of cordage. This would be about half that size so maybe 1500-2500 ft?
With 12 strands from unbraided amsteel that's about 125-208 ft! 1/8 in amsteel weighs .5 lbs/100ft - so that's about 10-16.6 oz just in amsteel for the weave!
Maybe a blend of unbraided amsteel for the end to end cordage and nylon twine for the weave? Nylon twine would definitely be the cheaper way to go using these length estimates. I wonder how uncomfortable the braided spectra fishing line would be. That would lighter...
This link has instructions on how to weave a Mayan style hammock.
So... who's got the time to try this out?
Last edited by LostCause; 08-06-2010 at 12:04. Reason: Thought it out a little bit more...
This idea and trip sounds very intriguing. I have been using cotton string hammocks from Guatamala for the last 30 years. The string is like kite string. I have fantasized about a bridge hammock themed group hang. Your fantasy is beyond my dreams, yet you make it sound possible. I definitely will be following this thread with interest. If having committed buyers before you go helps make locals interested in the project , we might round up pre-orders for prototypes. Are you serious enough to have a calendar spot eyeballed?
I'm VERY interested in learning the techniques. That link that was posted is the closest I've ever come to finding out how it's done.
I'd love to find out how to do them properly!
There is the single (sprang?) weave typical of most Mayan hammocks.
There is the double (double sprang?) weave found on larger Mayan hammocks. I don't have an example of this though.
And there is some hybrid weave that I have never seen on any other hammock other than one I bought near Chichen Itza. I will try to get my wife to take a picture of it so I can post. It's not really like the other two and creates a pretty cool effect.
It'll be a while but I can take a picture of the weave to show you what I mean.
Cannibal - Are you going to video instruction on the weaving basics when you get back?
LC, these have been posted before I believe. Lots of how to weave a hammock videos.
Heres a start....I'll stick to sewing.
weaving hammock..really quick
Ambulo tua ambulo.
Thanks Gargoyle. While similar, I don't think that's the same kind of weaving that goes into the Mayan hammock, but I could be wrong.
EDIT: Yep, that's at least one of the techniques. I have another video somewhere that shows a different method (can't really tell what they are doing, but it's a different weaving method).
Here are a couple using what looks like the same technique as the vid you posted.
This one looks like a different method. Not sure though.
Last edited by LostCause; 08-06-2010 at 16:26. Reason: YEP. Gargoyle had it right!