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    Grizz, If I was to start laying out plans to make one for myself. At what point on my body length would I need to put the spreader bars ? In your "Old School Version" it's my height plus 7" or so. And what is the cat cut ?
    I don't think I could do it with the sewing stills at this point. But, I would to think about it. More like dream
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustav View Post
    Grizz, If I was to start laying out plans to make one for myself. At what point on my body length would I need to put the spreader bars ? In your "Old School Version" it's my height plus 7" or so. And what is the cat cut ?
    I don't think I could do it with the sewing stills at this point. But, I would to think about it. More like dream
    And Thanks for posting All your Bridge Hammocks !!
    For this one the main body length is equal to the distance between my eyes and my ankles. The suspension curve is 7" deep. The (finished) length of fabric under the spreader bar is 48", so that gives a finished mid-section width of 34".

    Nobody asked but I'll answer the question anyway "why didn't you use a shortened spreader at the foot?" The main reason is that I can't shorten the dowel very much more and still have a significant portion of it nestled within the hiking pole tubing. There is an inch or more of air between the hole in the top of the pole handle and where the pole tubing starts. I want that dowel well seated to resist turning away from the straight-on alignment within the pole.

    The other reason is that on hammocks I make for myself I've gotten away from a greatly shortened foot because of the way I sleep. When I'm on my side I like to curl my legs a bit, and the narrower hammock down there inhibits that. A shorter foot spreader is still the way to go for a back sleeper though.
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    I believe this deserves sticky status--Grizz the sticky king. Outstanding as usual I envy your talents\time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadRacDad View Post
    I believe this deserves sticky status--Grizz the sticky king. Outstanding as usual I envy your talents\time.
    I agree 100%---------you really are "professor hammock!"
    Last edited by stevebo; 07-31-2012 at 15:37.
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    Bridge hammock spreader bar question

    Just a quick question-----when you move the spreader bar fwd, like on Grizz's liteweight bridge hammock, or the Eureka, are you basically making your hammock shorter, and using the end caps for your head and feet? (So the body of the hammock is shorter?)
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    Hammock length will stay the same. What your doing is changing the point that gets spread. The closer the spreader is to the shoulder area the less the squeeze will be on the shoulders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebo View Post
    Just a quick question-----when you move the spreader bar fwd, like on Grizz's liteweight bridge hammock, or the Eureka, are you basically making your hammock shorter, and using the end caps for your head and feet? (So the body of the hammock is shorter?)
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazilla View Post
    Hammock length will stay the same. What your doing is changing the point that gets spread. The closer the spreader is to the shoulder area the less the squeeze will be on the shoulders.
    But...
    Your overall length from the apex of your suspension triangle to the opposite apex IS shorter once you move the spreaders in. And yes, Steve, Grizz suspended his extension/end caps from the suspension triangle to accommodate head or feet.
    Last edited by BER; 08-03-2012 at 12:12.

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    BER has it right. The hammock is shorter, which helps in particular in fitting under a hex tarp.
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