I've been hammocking for 5-6 yrs, but fairly new to this forum. I've always been a do it yourselfer but I'm thoroughly impressed with the ingenuity of all you folks. (I'm also very impressed with the sharing that goes on here...without any sniping or harse words that I've seen so far!)
Back to my original thought, Why are Hammockers SO creative? Is it because it's a farily new (in some respects) to mainstream use and as such still has a way to go before it reaches critical mass? Is it because the very nature of Hangers as adventurous people that they like to push the envelope of creativity in their quest to lighten their load? Is it the continuous stream of new materials and products that drive change and therefore development?
It would appear that Hammocking has gotten more men to learn to sew than almost anything else I can think of! (Well, maybe camping equipment as a whole may also be a prime mover, but it seems that much of that development comes from the companies?) Hammocking seems to be driven by a burgeoning cottage industry of people who come up with some incredibly creative solutions and then go about making the product themselves and offering it to an almost cult-like following here. (I mean cult-like in the kindest of terms) Hammocking seems to have it's own language and reading here...it's own set of acronyms!
So before I answer my own questions...