I found my way to this forum while doing a search for some kind of portable hammock stand. I found the threads on the Turtle Lady Stand, and then the Turtle Dog Stand. But as usual, after I got here, I found there were quite a few other reasons for me to join this group.
I am a 61 yr. old X-Ray Tech, working 3 twelve hour shifts, Fri, Sat, & Sun, 7P-7A. That gives me the rest of the week to myself. Old history, 4 yrs Navy, 8 yrs Army National Guard (Inf.) Haven't been camping in a very long time, but now I'm getting geared up to go. I seem to specialize in doing as much DIY stuff as I can.
Just finished my second small boat, my first was a Pirogue, got a lot of use out of it. Took an interest in Florida's early culture and decided to build a replica of a Glades Skiff. Just finished it and will be testing it out tomorrow. I hope to do most of my camping from the skiff, as backpacking would be about my last choice.
Too many places won't allow hammocks, and others simply have no suitable trees. So that's why I will be building a Turtle Dog stand next week. I plan on using it when I have to, when camping from my truck or the skiff. What I don't plan on doing is carrying the stand very far!
Still got about 4 projects to complete before my first "big trip." The stand in one of those, and 2 others involve the hammock, mostly from what I've picked up on this forum.
For boat building, I hang out on southernpaddler.com and the jemwatercraft.com forum. For the camping, its bladesandbushcraft.com. I use the same screen name on all of them. I'd be surprised if I don't find people from the other forums "hanging out" here.
And now, for all things hammock related, looks like this is the place.
Spring Hill, FL