I remember those cartoon shorts
That´s quite a strip.
You know, there is a book I have restrained to write about or ask questions, and don´t know if it fits on this thread. The book is Titled "The Hammock, The Celebration of a Summer Clasick", by Daniel Mack, Hard Cover (2008), an artist specialized in rustic furniture.
It is a coffe table book of 128 pages measuring 7.1 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches. It is marked US17.95
but I boughted it last June at US1.99 in amazon, using it as a filler to reach the minimum ammount for free shipping. They don´t sell it directly any more but can be ordered from other sellers on their site, new from 1.99 - 42.00 and used from 0.01 - 36.69 + 3.99 s&h in all cases.
This is a book with a lot of pretty pictures related to hammocks, from their origin in the Caribean Taino people to their aceptance and development at modern times. It has pictures of them despicted by the European discovereres and vintage photographs and drawings of them, like family photos, patents, ads, some navy photos, Native American baby hammocks, hammocks used as transportation and lots of photos of Mayan, brazilian and garden hammocks. It has like 3 photos of modern camping hammocks, the kind used by climbers, one pretty amazing with like 20 put one over the other up to 120 feet.
It also has some scattered thoughts about the hammock, either by the author or by quote, and some poems. At the end it has a little dedicatory to people who had have a passion for the hammock, like the late Denison Andrews, Tom Hennessey, Ed Speer and others.
On the negative side, I have to say that the book lacks sustance, like more details and images that cover the ones that are given to the reader. The use of the hammock for camping and its origin in the army jungle hammock is covered in only four photos and one little paragraph. Maybe ther are not much more that can be said of the hammocks of old, but could be more explicit of their new developments. Many of the things said can be found with some googling.
Overall, I would say that it is a good book for the money I paid. Maybe would not say it if I would have to pay the full taged price. If you like photos of hammocks and are interested in its anecdotical history and some poetry, as this is more on the artistic aproach to the subject, this is the book for you, but if you are only of the practicla type and want to know hard facts about hammocks origin and development, you would not learn anything that you did not already knew.
Last edited by nailer; 03-06-2011 at 10:06.
Here's a snap shot of my Dad, lazing on a Sunday afternoon, in the summer of 1969. As kids, we used to fight over time in Dad's hammock when he wasn't using it. He loved it. There were rules though. It had to be cleaned and taken down after each and every use. Knowing my folks, it's probably still folded up nicely in a box in the basement.
He's 91yo now and just looks at my hammocks but says nothing. I'll show him this pic at breakfast and see what kind of response I get!
Last edited by Running Feather; 03-06-2011 at 03:40.
"If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you should do is STOP DIGGING "
Running Feather, that is just plain awesome.
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Papa smurf will appreciate this...
Very nice indeed!
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Mountains have a dreamy way
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Surely, God could have made a better way to sleep.
Surely, God never did.