Hi there everyone! My name is Adam and I just joined the forum today, but have spent a little time trolling and spent a lot more time watching a variety of videos on YouTube on the topic of hammocks. I didn't even know there was such a hammock following until I stumbled upon a video, possibly one of Shug's. I did some research, and loving a hands on project, set out to DIY my own hammock.
I ended up with a 60"x 120" ripstop nylon, gathered end, hammock folded in a "W" pattern with a few inches of pull for "flatter" lay. I whipped the ends with 550 paracord and have two metal rings on each end for buckles for my 10 foot tree huggers as suspension.
I have only hung my hammock once and definitely need to work on making some adjustments. I'm not sure I like the "W" fold in the gathering, I felt like there was a seem going right through my lower back while laying diagonally. I also think I need to lower my tree straps and pull everything a little tighter. Any pointers are welcome! I will post some more pictures of my set up next time I hang it up.
The picture above is how I had it set up that one time. It was a camping trip with my wife in Holland, MI. I just setup the hammock to relax in. I still do not have a tarp or any quilts. When camping with my wife I will not be hammocking, but if/when I get to camp alone or without her I will plan on hammock camping. Here are a couple of pics from our trip, unfortunately the wife got sick and we had to call it short.
Well, I hope everyone has a great day and thanks for taking the time to read my post!