I have finished the new hammock and made the shape a little different from my drawing on the first post. I started the cat cut right at the corner and not a little way in.
It has turned out well and i took photos during the process which I'll pst up soon.
Ok Folks here it is, My take on a cat cut hammock.
I started with a 3 mtr (9ft) length of rip stop and hung it up on my pool fence. After marking the half way point and just how deep I wanted the cat cut to be (1in per foot) I hung a small rope down it and marked out the cut.
After cutting and hemming, this is how it looked.
I bought a new rolled hem foot and this is the completed hem.
I whipped the end of the hammock as normal but half way along the whipping I slid the suspension corn under the whipping.
I then added a ripstop sleeve to cover the end of the hammock in a different colour.
And this is me in the hammock at my photogenic best. (It's hard to set the camera and run and still look at ease )
A fuller description of the process can be found on my site here
Very nice job, Gunn. That rolled hem foot looks like it does a really nice job. I may need to look into getting one of those.
So how does the hammock lay?
"Work to Live...Don't Live to Work!"
those are fine looking hems. I have trouble with a hemming foot on nylon---with 1.1 it is nearly impossible. When it is "working" it is beautiful, but when inevitably things go bad it is really hard for me to recover.
Being bridge hammock minded I see this cut and it is exactly the same as one might do for a 9' long bridge. That suggests that if there were a fast "field whipping" method you could bring this body along and decide at camp whether to pitch as a bridge or normally. Why this choice? A normal hammock is a lot easier to snug up under a standard tarp. So if there was weather to deal with you could pitch as you have done. If you're feeling like laying flat that night, then hang it as a bridge.
The big unknown here is how the hammock would feel when pitched normally if the edges had the suspension webbing.
Gunn - So how much better are the sides? Would you make the cut any deeper on the next one?
I have made one test hammock - knotted ends, no hem, cloth doubled, with some $1 walmart polyester(i thnink) worked great during some naps. Now have to get sewing machine and get to work.
Great forum - my head is about to explode from all the info. It really hurt after reading all the bridge hammock info (I am math challenged and Grizz's formulas scare me!)
Last edited by campcrafter; 01-10-2008 at 09:52.
Looks like your first post here so welcome. Yes there is plenty here to make your head hurt for sure.
If or when I do it again I think I would start with maybe a narrower length of rip stop before adding the cat cut, then make the cut shallower. Maybe 1/2 in or less per foot of hammock.
Enjoy your time here and ask lots of questions, it's the only way to learn.
Thanks for the welcome Gunn.
How wide was your material on the one you made and how narrow would you go?
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Walking into work this morning it stuck me that a whipping based on what WBG did, with channels in the ends of the hammock and than a fast lark's head with the suspension rope could probably be done fast in the field.
ah, if only I had nothing to do but enjoy retirement like Mule....
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