Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 23
  1. #11
    Grinder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    winter haven, florida
    Posts
    620
    Images
    19
    gunn parker

    Look at a gearskin pack. Start at SGT Rock's hiking headquarters.

    It's a strip of material roughly 12 x 60 with straps. It folds around your gear and buckles up.

    There are pictures of my attempt in the gallery. search user name "teblum"

    Mine worked fine for a week long hike in May

  2. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    474
    Quote Originally Posted by Preacha Man View Post
    Yeah, my wife is really the sewer (hahaha I love that spelling), but I made the pack all by myself, and surprisingly it wasn't that hard. I think the most important thing with DIY things is to thoroughly think and plan them out, then go slowly until your comfortable.
    Right on. My first project was a Speer style hammock, then I jumped to make a G4 pack, which was way to much. So I made more hammocks, then moved up to making a gearskin. Gearskins are easy cause it's just a compression system with backpack straps.

    Sewing has more to do with clear thinking than anything else.

    lvleph's list is a good list of projects starting form easiest to hardest.

    Keep in mind whenever you make something, after testing find what works and what doesn't. This motivates you to make a next generation item, and a next and a next. It never stops. Once you start down the dark path. . .

  3. #13
    Senior Member headchange4u's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Kentucky
    Hammock
    Dual Layer WB Blackbird
    Tarp
    OES Cuben
    Insulation
    SnugFit
    Posts
    6,265
    Images
    35
    I first started out with making stuff sacks. Lots and lots of stuff sacks. Then I made a few hammocks, skins, and then a cat cut tarp.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it." -Terry Pratchett



    Premium Quality, Fresh Roasted Coffee
    www.meancatcoffee.com

  4. #14
    Thanks for all the replies. I have my sights set on a few stuff sacks now. Probably convert one over to a Blackbishop sack as well.

    I was wondering on suggestions for getting fabric outside of getting lucky at Walmart since I don't think I would know what I am looking at. I think I have seen a thread or two in the past that described different vendors but I can't seem to find it now.

  5. #15
    Senior Member angrysparrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    near Memphis, TN
    Hammock
    WB Traveler
    Tarp
    ZPacks CF
    Insulation
    Te-Wa / HG / WB
    Suspension
    Whoopie Hooks
    Posts
    9,686
    Images
    92
    Quote Originally Posted by nightcrawler View Post
    I was wondering on suggestions for getting fabric outside of getting lucky at Walmart since I don't think I would know what I am looking at. I think I have seen a thread or two in the past that described different vendors but I can't seem to find it now.
    One place to start looking is to order from Speer. Scroll down to the 'Make Your Own Hammock Supplies' section.

    Another vendor would be Thru-Hiker.
    “I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt.” - Cormac McCarthy

  6. #16

  7. #17
    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Hammock
    WB Traveler
    Tarp
    Custom OES tarp
    Insulation
    JRB Down UQ/TQ
    Suspension
    Whoopie slings
    Posts
    9,041
    Images
    40
    Also Quest Outfitters

    There's a great list of supplies vendors on Just Jeff's site: http://www.tothewoods.net/JeffsHikingPage.html. (Look under Gear-Making Links)

    I asked once if he would move it over here, but that hasn't happened.
    Last edited by NCPatrick; 08-29-2007 at 08:13.


    "Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities."
    - Mark Twain
    “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
    - John Burroughs

  8. #18
    Senior Member headchange4u's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Kentucky
    Hammock
    Dual Layer WB Blackbird
    Tarp
    OES Cuben
    Insulation
    SnugFit
    Posts
    6,265
    Images
    35
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it." -Terry Pratchett



    Premium Quality, Fresh Roasted Coffee
    www.meancatcoffee.com

  9. #19
    Senior Member Redtail's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Middletown, MD
    Hammock
    HH Expedition
    Tarp
    JRB 11x10
    Insulation
    DIY Climashield UQ
    Suspension
    Cinch buckles
    Posts
    334
    Images
    6

  10. #20
    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Hammock
    WB Traveler
    Tarp
    Custom OES tarp
    Insulation
    JRB Down UQ/TQ
    Suspension
    Whoopie slings
    Posts
    9,041
    Images
    40
    FWIW, my progression so far has been:

    Sewing lessons from Blackbishop while <ahem> "helping" make my BlackCat tarp, then lessons again and help from BB sewing a ray-way quilt and stuff sack after I bought my own machine, then lots of hemming/sewing practice myself making 2 hammocks and 2 bug-bivvies so far.

    Just jump right in and kick your feet.

    I am working now on a Just Jeff Hammock sock/Risk Travel Pod type thingy.

    Again, fwiw.


    "Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities."
    - Mark Twain
    “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
    - John Burroughs

Similar Threads

  1. Progression of a Noob
    By Ratdog in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 47
    Last Post: 03-01-2014, 17:53
  2. Greetings from the Natural State
    By Sumbum in forum Introduce Yourself
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-25-2014, 17:01
  3. A Tale of Tarps - A Water Monkey Progression
    By Raul Perez in forum Weather Protection
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 10-04-2011, 19:49
  4. Natural Bridge KY
    By aerorider65 in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-23-2008, 21:50

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •