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Who Invented The Hammock?
Hammocks originated in Central America over 1000 years ago. It is generally believed that they were created in the center of d Yucatan Peninsula (modern day Mexico ) by d Mayan civilization. The name “hammock” comes from d Hamack tree, whose bark was d original resource used to weave d hammocks. The web-like structure of d Mayan hammocks made them sturdy enough to use without fear of them breaking, but also made them flexible & comfortable enough to sleep in. Originally they were hung from wall to wall in Mayan huts & used as beds, but eventually other types of hammocks were invented.
Hamack bark was soon replaced as d primary supply of hammock material by d Sisal plant because of its softer texture, and abundance. As the popularity of hammocks spread from its origins in d Yucatan Peninsula , the were various other materials used for hammock production. Brazil is famous for popularizing the fabric hammock which consists of a large piece of cloth with cords at d ends to attach d hammock to two anchor objects such as trees.
European conquistadors invaded Central America in d 1500’s. Instead of the gold & spices that Christopher Columbus was expected to return back to Europe with, he brought hammocks that he found the Native Central Americans resting in. Fabric & cloth hammocks were quickly adopted for use of during their long sails across d Atlantic Ocean .
Central American hammock makers began using cotton as a component of hammock production once it was introduced to them by d Spaniards. Cotton was softer, & more elastic than d material of d Sisal plant. Cotton, & Cotton/Nylon mixtures are currently d most popular materials for hammock production, although there are many other hammock materials available.
What Country Invented The Hammock?
Hammocks were developed by native inhabitants of Mexico for sleeping. Later, they were used aboard ships by sailors to enable comfort and maximize available space, and by explorers or soldiers travelling in wooded regions.
Spanish colonists noted the use of the hammock by Native Americans, particularly in the West Indies, at the time of the Spanish conquest. The word comes from a Ta?no culture Arawakan word (Haiti) meaning “fish net”. Early hammocks were woven out of bark from a hamack tree, and later this material was replaced by sisal fibers because it was more abundant. One of the reasons that hammocks became popular in Central and South America was their ability to provide safety from disease transmission, insect stings, or animal bites.
Are Hammocks Adjustable? Hi, I’m thinking of buying a “free-standing hammock” for my son for his birthday. He wants to set it up between two trees nearby, but all the hammocks I see are all 13 feet long, and these trees are not exactly that size. Does anyone know if these hammocks are adjustable? (In other words, is there any way I can change the “length” of the hammock somehow?) He does not want the hammock stand. Any info. would be greatly apprecaited!! Thanks.
Camping hammocks are far different the the garden variety back yard furniture kind. “Free standing” generally means it comes with its own frame and allows you to set it up free of any trees or poles. The garden variety hammock comes in different configurations as well most are like the kind you can stretch out in some are like a chair and some are like a slang chair. Since in your situation you want to take Advantage of the existing trees which are too close together for a standard ha mock I recommend the sling hammock and for you to attach framing to the trees to support the sling Hammock. A sling hammock either chair style or stretch version only needs one central hook to hang from.
Camping hammocks do require just the right distance you can have more but not less shorting up the distance reduces the stretch of how you can actually lay in the hammock and the accesories for making them suitable for camping in also require just the right distance. Hennessy is a top brand in “camping” hammocks here is some info on them,
How Can I Make My Own Hammock? Tools and how to do instructions.
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How to make your own Hammock
MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED
ONE PERSON HAMMOCK
2 pounds of Hammock Cord
1 Gauge Stick
1 giant Netting Shuttle
2 Hardwood Bars, 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″, 33″ long
2 Rings, 2″ – 3″ diameter
TWO PERSON HAMMOCK
1 Gauge Stick
1 giant Netting Shuttle
2 Hardwood Bars, 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″, 48″ long
2 Rings, 2″ – 3″ diameter
1 – START: Cut a three foot piece of twine; square knot the ends. Hang the loop from a handy nail, hook, door knob.
2 – WIND: Load shuttle with hammock cord . Not too full for the first row. Tie free end to the loop.
3 – CASTING ON: Hold gauge stick in your left hand. Wrap the shuttle cord once around the stick-down in front and up behind. Pull the shuttle up through the starting loop. Holding shuttle cord loop tight around the gauge stick, half hitch around both sides of the starting cord. Repeat, until you have made 20 loops around the gauge stick (30 for two person hammock). Snug and even.
4 – FIRST ROW: Pull out the gauge stick. Rotate the work, so the shuttle is on the left side. Hold the gauge stick in your left hand, just under the work. Bring the shuttle cord down in front, up behind gauge stick, through the first loop, and around the loop in a half hitch. Repeat, through each loop in turn, evenly.
5 – ADDING TO SHUTTLE: Soon, your shuttle is going to be exhausted. Reload, as above. Wind on as much as the shuttle will take. Knot the free end to the end of the old cord with a square knot.
6 – SECOND ROW: Rotate the work, so the shuttle cord is on the left. Proceed as for first row. Repeat until done. Fifty four rows are about seven feet. Work longer or shorter.
7 – ALONG THE WAY: Any time after the second row, cut your starting cord and pull it free from the top row of loops. Support the piece as you add rows by any convenient means that holds it evenly – a dowel threaded straight across a row of loops, for instance.
8 – MOUNTING: Drill 20 holes (30 for two person) through each 1-1/2″ by 11/2″ hardwood bar, 1-1/2″ apart from center to center and 2-1/4″ in from each end. Make the end holes 1/4″ to 5/16″ diameter, the rest from 3/16″ to 1/4″ diameter. Cut forty 50″ long cords, twenty for each end (sixty for a two person hammock). Loop the first cord through a ring, thread both ends through left hand hole in hardwood bar. Overhand knot through top left hand loop in hammock net. Fasten each cord, in turn, through bar to loops in net. Do both ends.
9 – SIDE BRAIDS: You need the net to sag in the middle so it holds a body snug. Make two 3-cord braids 3″ shorter than the stretched out length of the hammock net-one for each side. Remember that braids end up about 10% shorter than their component cords cut generously and trim later. Thread one end through the outermost hole in support bar. Secure with an overhand knot. Weave in and out through the outside meshes. Thread through the bar at the far end, the outside hole, and secure with overhand knot. Repeat on other side.
Which Camping Hammock To Buy? Should I het a cheap $15 one or get a nicer ENO $45 one? I camp a few times per year but plan on going out more often
Nice camping hammocks go from $100-$400, generally inbetween $100-$200.
If you sleep on your side/stomach/fetal, I’d recommend a bridge hammock. I’ve got Jack’s ‘R’ Better’s Bear Mountain Bridge hammock. Up until this week they were the only one’s to make/offer a bridge hammock, now Warbonnet just came out with not only a bridge hammock, but a full line of accessories to go with it to tailor to the trips conditons.
Otherwise a Warbonnet’s Blackbird hammock is one of the most popular gathered-end backpacking hammock. It’s footbox and ‘shelf’ are unique and nice features. I personally have his Superfly tarp.
HammockForums.net is really the place to go for camping hammocks.
Here’s some links to get you started…
I Want A Hammock? I want a huge hammock does anyone know of any websites that I can find one. I prefer the net looking kind. Or is there a way that I can make one of my own. Any help would be appreciated.
We have a huge hammock that we absolutely love. I bought it for the kids to give their dad for Father’s Day a couple years ago. I bought it from LL Bean. I also bought their hammock stand, side table and pillow. Best investment for our back yard yet!
http://www.llbean.com or more specifically:
The best thing about buying from LL Bean is that their products have an unlimited guarantee of satisfaction.
Enjoy your new hammock!