Join Date: Oct 2012
Hammock: DIY 1.7 w/net, HH Exp Asy w/zipmod
Tarp: DIY Hex, HH Asm
Insulation: DIY D&Syn TQ & UQ
Suspension: CinchB & WS,Dutch
I have been using those rachet/ tie down straps that have the heavy duty S-hooks on a pair of trees (also wrapped a layer of cotton towel around tree first,then put strap over that). The S hooks provide a nice connection point for whoopie slings,etc W/O damage to the trees and i leave them on the trees..so far so good. will move them up or down a bit when summer fades.
Join Date: Feb 2013
Hammock: WB RR
Tarp: WL Big Daddy
My dad planted two oak trees in our backyard when I was 1 year old just to be able to use a hammock between them years later. After about 9 or 10 years he screwed a bolt into each one and the the trees are still going strong.
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Putting eyehooks into trees
My family has many gardens and great forests. I do understand what pruning is, as well as what taking care of these natural places means. So if you take a good care of your natural treasures like gardens etc. …well what can I say - that's great ... God bless you. And I mean it.
I'd like to recall that originally I just spoke here against damaging trees for fun.
In my opinion there is a difference between pruning and vandalism (damaging tree for fun in any way).
The difference would be: the responsibility.
But that's just my humble opinion.
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Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Leland, NC
Hammock: WBBB 1.1dbl
Tarp: WB Superfly
Insulation: HGQ UQ/TQ
Suspension: cinch buckles
There are wooden instruments, for example, that are hundreds of years old (older even) that still vibrate, swell and shrink with humidity, and produce beautiful tone.
The settling of wood applies to the loss of moisture in the wood fibers but anyone who has non-lacquered wood furniture knows they have to condition the wood (equalize moisture, imagine the teak wood found on a boat...this needs to have oils added to it periodically to protect it from too much moisture) and/or wax the wood (prevents further moisture from entering) in order for the furniture to last, without cracking, discoloring, etc.
Yes, I know the tree is dead, but just saying, I think it a better perspective to see wooden structures and objects as living things, unlike, say, a concrete block structure or a wrought iron patio set.
I follow the same paradigm when it comes to leather, fur, and skins.
Sorry for going off topic : )
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Somewhere near Parkville, MO
Hammock: DIY Knotty/Speer special, RED
Tarp: Warbonnet Superfly
Insulation: 50 extree pounds
Suspension: Whoopy slings
Trees and Corn, they both can be crops. I have a buddy in Louisiana who owns a Tree farm, His massive property, surrounded by governement land, is set in sections following his Grandfathers schedual. This year he plants this section, this year he prunes and thins this section, this year he contracts out this section, etc. When he was growing up his grandfather used to take him on rides through their "forest" and his grandfather would say "What do you see Robert?" "Trees grandpa" "Nope, thats money son. Follow my plan like your father is and you'll never go hungry" It's unfortunate he's a bachelor crazy man child of the 70's. But he'll leave it to some worthwhile person or cause.
Nice to see a forest thats been on its own but it's nice not to overthink it to the place where your anthropormhing trees into people. You ask "What would the tree say" let me tell you. Nothing, it's a tree. Plants may react but they don't think. The plant will sense a foreign body and start growing over the wound. If it isn't infected you won't even know it was wounded till you cut it down. I've got a brace in a tree that I've got to worry about because there is no indication it's there.
The guy is talking about peggin his own tree and wants to know how to avoid damage. If he was in a park somewhere, that would be a different story
From Somewhere near Parkville, Mo
Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
Hammock in 3 minutes D. Hansen - It really is this easy to make a hammock
Shug's Hammock Newbies videos - Takes you buy the hand and shows you in video
The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.
Here in TN I own 707 acres of property which over 400 of it is woods. My father raised me to respect the forest as well as manage it. I also took forest minsuration courses in spare summer time to make more educated decisions. They start SELECT cutting tomorrow on a 250 acre track that has not been touched in 65 years.
Forest need thinned just as a garden when planted to close. This takes out the larger trees that are getting bad with widowmaker limbs and open up the canopy for light to reach the smaller healthy trees so they can grow.
I did this to the 150 acre tract 15 years ago and wow what a difference it made. The forest is in a lot better shape with good healthy trees & very few widowmakers. You have to look extremely close to see any evidence of the cutting.
I have planted app 75 acres of trees in smaller abandoned fields on my property that I was not using for other purposes.
I am not a fan of clear cutting as the recovery time is much longer or if replanted its not with natural hardwood most times but softwood such as pine.
Drilling a hole does not harm the tree if the hole is left plugged. The tree will heal itself as our body heals itself. The worst damage is done when it's left open for insects to attack. If a hole is drilled and the spike is removed then, a plug should be whittled to plug it with to keep insects out just as we use a bandaid to protect a cut.
I lease the 250 tract to hunters with rules that not even a nail can be put in any tree. I use straps even in my own forest because I rarley ever hang in the same place and its a lot faster to hang the straps than drill the hole and plug it when done. If I left a hook I would surely forget it and leave it for the timber cutters to find in the future. If forest is not managed it becomes a fire hazard and littered with potential widow makers.
This property is left in my care by the grace of God to take the best care of it that I can. I also pay thousands of dollars a year in taxes for this privilege.
Public land is owned by all and should be treated as such with extra effort for LNT. It also should be managed but that's not my call. That's why Yellowstone and a lot of the west cost areas burn. I live within 8 mile of the Natchez Trace and every year they burn a different selected section to keep it from being destroyed by a BIG fire. A year after the burn you cannot see evidence or damage from this burn.
I believe we all have a say and responsibility about public land but no say about private land. An opinion yes, but no say.
I'll get off my soap box now.
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Western, MA
Hammock: WBBB 1.7 Dbl
Insulation: Army Poncho Liner
Suspension: Whoopie & HF Strap
I think what to OPr is talking about is Respectful, Moderate use.
He cared enough to ask, and in moderation it has been shown that it will not harm the tree.
The problem is "When you ride a High Horse there are a lot more limbs that can knock you off."
Join Date: Oct 2012
Hammock: Lite Owl/GT SB
Tarp: WL Big Daddy
Insulation: Jarbidge, JRB
You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows~Bob Dylan
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Orlando (okay, nearrr Orlando)
Hammock: Chrysalis (an ENO DN sometimes)
Tarp: The 4 Hats Hilton
Insulation: DIY Wunder Sling
Old Gringo & Old Biker have it right.
I guess it's true that you don't get to be old if you haven't figured some things out.
Loggers want to cut everything in the name of profit. Tree huggers (note that I didn't say environmentalists) want to cut nothing in the name of preservation.
The final answer is balance. They can be thought of as complementary, not opposing forces interacting to form a healthy, dynamic system in which the whole (the environment) is greater than the parts. Everything has both profit and preserve aspects, (e.g., shadow cannot exist without light). Either of the two major aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular situation, depending on the criterion of the observer. Humanistic good-bad distinctions and other dichotomous moral judgments are perceptual, not real; so, any one person's strict moral dogma is their own invisible realm.
Okay, I'll stop now.
So many trees, so little time...
We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
His friends and merry men are we;
And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
We burrow in the cypress tree.
The turfy hammock is our bed,
Our home is in the red deer's den,
Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
For we are wild and hunted men.
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: In, USA
Hammock: DIY gathered end crinkle tablecloth
Tarp: ENO ProFly
Insulation: Working on that