I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that he's just talking about using a pole/board to handle the compression forces and not have to worry about pulling your walls down. It's a great way of being able to get a hang site anywhere since it is easier to deal with the gravity part than having a structure that is built sound enough for the compression part of the forces caused by a hammock. I'm getting a bit confused just reading what I wrote but... hopefully it makes enough sense.
I've been thinking the same thing myself since becoming a TD fanatic. The beauty (and "aha!" moment) was when turtlelady taught me that there are the two forces (for the most part) involved in hammock hanging (compression and gravity) and you can fairly easily solve the compression part of it using the pole in the middle.
I think that is what he was talking about.
Originally Posted by hppyfngy
WVasello, I'm not sure I understand what your question is.
If I can define a TurtleDog Stand, I'd say it's two tripods assembled using hinges, with a rigid ridge pole, often made to be portable.
A TurtleLady Stand is basically the same only primarily made of lighter material like bamboo and usually lashed together.
The metal pole came about because OldDog came up with the fence rail that can be cut in half and fitted into itself, making it more portable because it breaks down into two more or less 5' pieces.
Nearly all these TD stands use a metal pole for the ridge pole.
I think I said all that about right.
Now what was your question again?