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    In Development: The Windsor Witch Stand

    Broomsticks... yep 60" hardwood broomsticks (1 1/8" dia) with tapered ends, that is the basis for my recent contraption for suspending a hammock.

    The Windsor designation is for a tool that I made to accomplish the tapered mortices in the head piece of the tripod which is used by Windsor charimakers and of course the witch is a reference to the broom content.

    The unions on the crossbar are turned cherry with bands of 1 1/2" copper tubing for strength and purty factor.

    I'll probably redesign the saddle that clamps the cross bar in place to give it a smooth rounded profile that won't be a problem if a tarp is stretched over it. I also need to trim the crossbar to final length. I'm considering shortening the legs a few inches so I can get a lower pitch. One last problem that I haven't been able to come up with an elegant solution for is how to fix the legs in the tripods securely but hey, we're still in development. Broomsticks were between 5 and 6 bucks each (9 total) the rest of the stuff I had around the shop.

    So I guess I'll probably refine some of the parts, slap some finish on and swap out the eyebolts for some shouldered ones. Basically just futz around with it till I get it how I want it.

    Thanks Turtlelady for your inspiration.

    David
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    This thing looks AWESOME!

    Nice work Dave.

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    Great looking stand!!! Like the broomstick idea.

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    Looks good Dave.

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    Here are a couple of shots with a tarp set on it.

    David
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    Good work man!

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    David, that is an elegant piece of workmanship. I don't think simple cord spread limiters will do it justice.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    That is awesome. Elegant in its simplicity.

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    That is an awesome looking stand! When are you taking orders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raiffnuke View Post
    That is an awesome looking stand! When are you taking orders?
    Thanks everyone for the very kind comments.

    Actually I was thinking about making up a set of tripod heads and crossbar unions for local hanger friend to try out so I can get some feedback on the design and usability.

    One of my design criteria was to make it small and compact so it would work well indoors. I'm trying to decide on a final length for the crossbar based on the lengh of longest tarp ridgeline I might encounter. I'm hovering around 12' but may go down to 11' 6".

    David



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