Originally Posted by nothermark;790515The only "new" things I am aware of in hammocks is the bottom entry and shelf. I would not be shocked if I found an enclosed hammock with some kind of slit and side pouch from 1880 or so. Good ideas tend to get reinvented as well as discovered. [/quote
At least in the early days, Tom Hennessy was very frank about the inspiration of his bottom entry coming from military hammocks that preceded the Vietnam era. Granted, he made some changes, but the bottom entry was not created and developed by Tom Hennessy.
In the interest of full disclosure: I use a Hennessy hammock exclusively because bottom entry is the only gathered end style I can get out of without assistance. My mobility issues impose that limit. However, that does not mean that I endorse and approve all of his practices. On some level, the "patent protection" claim on items with obvious prior art is a form of intellectual theft.