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    hikingdad's Avatar
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    Northwoods Hammock - End of the road

    Sadly,this business has become too much for me to handle right now. I did not anticipate how many orders there would actually be at first. I have been self employed for the last 8 years, and as anyone that has been self employed knows, it really consumes your life. Well, as it turns out I just couldn't make enough time in the day to run my main business, spend time with my family, enjoy time in the woods, and run another business. After spending some time in the woods with a good friend of mine, I came to the realization that one of them had to go, and I was not willing to give up my family or time in the woods.

    I would like to thank the many hammock forums members who supported my small business. It means a lot to me that this fine community of people are so willing to support the little guy. I can't wait to contribute the R&D that I did for my company back into this community through the DIY forum. Hopefully I'll be able to give back at least a small fraction of the support that I received from you all! Thank you!

    Lastly, I wanted to write this post because over the last several months I've been in a prototyping phase with Dutch. Together we developed a few really great pieces of gear that I am extremely excited about. One of the last deciding factors for me to close down shop was the promise that dutch would be selling these new pieces of hardware to the hammock community. I am unsure of an exact date right now, but Dutch has assured me that soon he will be offering them. For now just know that there are some exciting pieces of hardware that the hammock community and DIY community will love! I gave all rights to the parts to Dutch and will not benefit from them at all. I just think they are such great parts that it would have been a shame to see them fall between the cracks and never be offered. I will tell you that there is not a more stand up, generous, and amazing guy than Dutch. I hope that when the new parts are announced that you guys buy him out of stock! Here is a personal thank you to you, Dutch, for all the support you gave me through the last several months.

    Please know that this was a really hard choice for me, but it is a joyous one, because it frees me up to spend quality time with my wife and kids, as well as time in the woods.

    Thanks again everyone,
    Hikingdad

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    Sorry to hear you're closing, sad no doubt but at least it's from too much success! Looking fwd to the new Dutch gear. Good on ya for puting family first.
    Good luck,
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    I had to close down my side business a couple of years ago due to similar reasons so I understand where you are coming from. Life goes on.

    I had contacted Dutch about a week ago about a piece of gear he is developing and he mentioned that he was getting ready to come out with some new bling. I now know who the culprit is behind the new stuff
    Merchants Mill Pond SP Swamp Hang

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    Warbonnet BB 1.7 and a whole lot of other great gear from the vendors on HF

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    I know about your situation from being roommates and friends and relatives of those who started businesses. One aunt loved to start restaurants and grow them for a few years only to sell it off and start again. Talk about a hobby.

    With your experience, you can always decide to build another business in the future.

    Good luck with you plans.

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    HIKINGDAD, sorry you had to shut down the business, but happy you get to be Dad, hope to see you at the hang.

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    Good luck with your future endeavours!

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    Sorry to hear it - but understand being self employed & not having time for things that are important to you.

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    Sorry to hear it, but having once given too much of my life to the restaurant business, believe me, I know where you're coming from!

    Best to you and yours!
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    Wow. Thats sad to hear. But glad you have more time with your family. I'm glad I picked up one of your excellent hammocks! Thanks a lot Hikingdad!

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    That's too bad. I really like my netless Wolf and was thinking of getting a netted one. Sounds like you made the right decision and kudos to you for collaborating with Dutch to get some cool new gear for us. Thanks for you contibutions to the hammock gear loving community.
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