Would it be possible to tip the hammock back a bit to sit on the side for the same effect? Or would that stress out the spreader bars and stitching?
absolutely. I sit in mine. Its a great way to face the fire and share comraderie with your buddies. I can also sit in mine using the end as a back support while I "snuggle up" with a good book. The Jacks' bridge is where I got the basic design, and with the help of Grizz and others you shouldnt have a problem making all the necessary cuts to the fabric. Mine is an hourglass shape with a parobola curve that is 40" on the end tapering to 34" in the middle (finished size after sewing channels)
good luck and god speed on your endeavors. and btw, welcome to HammockForums!
Thanks mikeinfhaz for the welcome, and thanks for the info. I'm going to have to add a bridge hammock to my project list.
What materials do you use for the spreader bar?
I can sit in my basic bridge which uses webbing as the support. The DMB uses rope and I find that to be horribly uncomfortable to sit on. My spreaders are wooden dowels with metal bolts through although I am not at all interested in weight or portability since it is my wife's hammock and her distance from the car has be strictly limited by her own requirements for camping with me.
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I bought the tent repair poles from QUEST in the .625 diameter. Others have used wood, swiffer handles, trekking poles and other stuff. Campmor sells the fly poles for the Eureka Timberline tents and those look like they would work too. I got the brown 1.9 ripstop from Ed Speer. 1" steel rings from Ace hardware. 3/4 webbing from Quest too.
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BUT I do appreciate the slight curvature at the head end of gathered end hammocks. I can sleep on my back in those more comfortably than in my bed at home, and like doing so. The only problem is that curvature at the head usually means knee hyper-extension, but so long as I get something under my knees that's fine.
At the end of a long trail day the difference in comfort between gathered end hammock and bridge hammock is minuscule compared the difference between laying on the ground and hanging in just about any useable camping hammock.