Before my daughter went on a trip with another family a few weeks ago, I grabbed a bunch of my cheap WM ripstop and created hammocks for all of the kids on the trip, along a double-layer version for the mom taking them.
My wife just called me to let me know of a comment passed on to her by the mom who headed up the trip. There are several people in Michigan that have seen my DIY rigs and want to know how much I'd charge to make some more.
These hammocks are very simple Traveler-style knockoffs, but theyíre nothing as nice as Brandonís rigs. The whipping is done with cheap polyester cord, the suspension is made of the inexpensive Harbor Freight straps, and the adjustment for the suspension is the original cam buckles for those straps. Not graceful, not light, but easy to hang and adjust.
Iíve just gone through another several yards of ripstop creating shells for a couple of UQs, so I guess Iím going to have to get some sources for more fabric online. My local WM no longer carries fabric and I cleaned them out when it all went to 75% off.
Like a said in an earlier thread I started, I donít see how any of our forum members make money on the products they sell. By the time I factor in the cost of all the bits and pieces, and charge for the time to make it, the cost of the items exceeds what people would be willing to pay. Iíve got to admit that I was flattered that other people would want some hammocks like the ones I made, but Iím pretty sure that when I give a price for one they may reconsider having me make one for them. They could probably get an ENO cheaper.
Just figured Iíd share. The comments I got made todayís workload (at my real job) a bit more bearable.
- Mark (S-4-C)