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    Senior Member ShadowAlpha's Avatar
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    my first DIY hammock

    I did the first test hang with my first DIY hammock

    it is double layer..
    outter layer is unknown walmart olive nylon
    inside layer is silver/gray walmart ripstop

    I used chain link & buckles from Paul @ AE
    and some straps I have laying around
    from when I strapped my canoe to the car

    my only problem is I don't think it is as long as I wanted it
    I need to go out & measure while it's hanging
    it is very comfortable!

    being 5' 3" and 112lbs guess I can get away with a shorter hammock then I anticipated




    since I took this pic I added a lightweight sleeping pad inbetween the layers

    I plan to add a ridge line, side tieouts & bugnet like this
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=8785
    so far so good - I am happy for someone who really never sewed before

    PS. the pic above is my front yard.
    When I really want to go camping I could go out back

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    Looks great,,, I was going to suggest a ridgeline, but I see one is in the plans...

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    Good lookin' work. In some ways, I wish I was 5'3. My hammocks wouldn't have to be as big and neither would the tarps. Trees could be closer together as well.
    .. truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. If you flatter yourself that you are all over comfortable, and have been so a long time, then you cannot be said to be comfortable any more. - Herman Melville

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    My congrtulations! Wellcome to ediction)))
    Does it "tied ends" hammock?
    Just want to tell...Run, Forest, run! (meaning don`t stop)
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    I could only wish being 5'3" - it would keep my gear weight down! Looks good.

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    Looks really good ShadowAlpha. A nicely done first DIY hammock!
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    Thank you!
    and thanks for the tip on finding closer trees.
    I think I had too much of an angle on the straps too.?

    The way I did the ends..
    I made a channel by folding over approx 1.5" of fabric on each end
    put a piece of cord through the channel - and pulled it tight to create a bunch of fabric
    added the chainlink behind the fabric -- added a buckle on the other end of the chainlink
    used my purty purple straps from the buckle to tree

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    Nice Job Shadow... I envy all you guys that have bigger yards than I.
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    Looking good. It's better looking than my first DIY hammock.

    I like the pics. Makes me almost miss the days in GA at Benning and Stewart.....almost.
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    Nice! Now you need to make some insulation!

    "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." - Ben Franklin
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