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Who Can Build Me a Custom Hammock?
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evan keller
(ekeller) - F
Who Can Build Me a Custom Hammock? on 07/24/2011 21:05:23 MDT Print View

I just got back from a 5 day hike in Mount of the Holy Cross Wilderness south of Vail, Colorado...slept in my ultralight-asym Hennessy and couldn't get comfortable to get much sleep (forgot to snag sleeping pills from a friend!).

Who builds custom hammocks? i want a hammock that lies flat like the Jacks-r-Better "Bridge" but a lot lighter and uses my trekking poles for the stabilizer bars. i'm only 5'6" and 155 pounds so don't need their mammoth model for 6'3", 250 pounders. i don't have the time or talent to make my own...who can i ask to build it for me?


Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Who Can Build Me a Custom Hammock? on 07/25/2011 00:16:18 MDT Print View

I would ask the same question at There are a lot of ultralight folk there and it is the center of the hammock universe. Let me know-- I would like to see what is available.

Karen Lewis
(karenlewis65) - F
Re:Who Can Build Me a Custom Hammock? on 09/02/2011 04:27:54 MDT Print View

Even if I do end buying hammock, I am unable to put hammock properly. Its funny that I am even though good with setting up tents, but I am unable to set up a hammock.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Re:Who Can Build Me a Custom Hammock? on 09/02/2011 06:20:45 MDT Print View

Were you using a pad or an underquilt with the Hennessy?

What about it was uncomfortable?

I would like to figure out where the problem is before you start throwing money around to find a solution.

Edited by kthompson on 09/02/2011 06:21:37 MDT.

Addison Page
(Nihilist_Voyager) - F

Locale: Down the Rabbit Hole!
We'll see what I can swing (get it?) on 11/03/2011 20:07:03 MDT Print View

Bit of background experience with sewing, and next week I'm going to start some hammock designs I've been working on the past couple days.

Got a simple 1.1 SL I'm gonna try making first, and if all goes well I'll progress to a single layer with bug net and pullouts (think warbonnet), then a double layer with bugnetting and then a down underquilt. Then who knows?!?!

If I find that I am good at this stuff (I'll know by the week of the 14th-ish) I will gladly contact you and make you one for just the cost of materials and shipping (labor cost are dumb, if I do it, it's because I want to)

I'll let you know, keep looking, but keep me in mind because you'd be looking at a -50 dollar hammock (if I don't completely suck).

Addison Page
(Nihilist_Voyager) - F

Locale: Down the Rabbit Hole!
Re: Who Can Build Me a Custom Hammock? on 11/03/2011 20:13:15 MDT Print View

Also I don't currently use poles, but would they support you as poles in a bridge hammock setup? Wouldn't want them snapping on you in the field.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Who Can Build Me a Custom Hammock? on 11/03/2011 23:33:47 MDT Print View


You might start with an old style Army Jungle Hammock. I also like to lay flat and can do that with one of these. I have two and modified both of them to bring the weight down from 55 ounces to 20.5 ounces. No sewing, just cutting and ripping a few seam lines.

Modified Army Jungle Hammock


Edited by bfornshell on 11/03/2011 23:37:49 MDT.

Donald Krug

Locale: Northern, Kentucky
Re: Re: Who Can Build Me a Custom Hammock? on 02/22/2012 11:16:22 MST Print View

Hiking poles can work as spreader bars. But be careful - you need to construct things correctly. The stress has to run along the poles so as not to bend them. You also need to be careful to construct the support triangle with sides long enough that they don't put undue stress on the spreader bars.

Details can be found @ hammockforums.


PS I've built a couple. Let me know if I can help.

Edited by hyKN on 02/22/2012 11:17:53 MST.