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1241RE: Hammock Camping New! Improved! the Quarter Weight Hammock

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  • Ed Speer
    May 1, 2003
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      Does that mean you now have a 50 cent hammock?  LOL 
      Thunder boomers today are shutting down my computer. Be back up later..Ed
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Rick [mailto:geoflyfisher@...]
      Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 11:24 AM
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Hammock Camping New! Improved! the Quarter Weight Hammock

      A couple changes I made overnight:  It does not work for me to make
      button holes to put the quarters in... they keep coming out when I
      throw the net over the hammock and back...  You have no idea how many
      quarters you can loose this way.

      It is also unnecessary to have quarters at the ends as weights.. Just
      two weights about 2.5 feet from each end...  For this I took a
      quarter and slipped it down the hem and just sewed it permanently in
      place.  Then I did the same for a second quarter 2.5 feet from the
      other end. 

      So now I guess it is not a 4 quarter hammock, but a "quarter weight
      hammock"  - does that sound nice to the ear of you ultralight
      hikers??  Clever i'd say  ;)

      Rick <><

      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Rick" <geoflyfisher@y...>
      > Goals:
      > - more comfortable way to use pad as insulation
      > - readily available material
      > - no ridge cord
      > - inexpensive
      > Materials:
      > 10 yards of 1" poly webbing 
      > 6 2/3 yards 48" polyester cloth  (soft to the touch, ?? doubleknit)
      > (about 1.5 oz/yard)
      > 3 1/3 yards of 48" polyester chiffon (wedding veil material)
      > Instructions:
      > - Lay the chiffon out and scribe/cut one edge so that it is a foot
      > less wide at the ends than in the middle of the long edge.  Make
      > cut a curve, a segment of a large circle, like the side of a kayak
      > seen from above.
      > - Cut the polyester hammock material into two pieces 3 1/3 yards
      > - Cut the poly webbing into two equal lengths (15 feet)
      > - singe the long edge cut of the chiffon and the ends of all
      > (a propane torch is the easy way to do this)
      > - make a sandwich with chiffon between two layers of polyester and
      > sew a long edge of the two polyester layers and the cut edge of the
      > chifon with a half inch seam allowance.
      > - At the end of the seam, there will be extra chiffon left over
      > (about 3-4 inches).  Cut a strip from the end of the chiffon that
      > width and then re-singe the edge.
      > - turn the outside layers of the sandwitch back and stitch 2.5 feet
      > of each end of the long edge of those two layers, forming a pocket
      > hammock material with a layer of chiffon coming out of the opposite
      > edge of the "hammock to be"
      > - make a Speer type overhand knot in both layers of the hammock
      > material, at each end.  Incorporate no more of the chiffon in the
      > knot than is necessary along the one edge. 
      > - sew 4 button holes an inch from the free edge of the chiffon. 
      > edge of the chiffon is still serged, like it came from the store. 
      > Make the holes big enough to fit a quarter through the hole
      > - Sew a 1.5 inch hem with the button holes centered on one side of
      > the hem.  Put a quarter through each button hole and sew across the
      > hem on each side of the quarter to make a small pocket, holding the
      > quarter.  (The quarters are weights for the bug net made of
      > they can be replaced with small smooth stones, but remember not to
      > put the stones into a telephone to call home.)
      > - wrap the last 6 inches of a poly web around the hammock material
      > near the overhand knot.  Switch to a zig-zag stitch, 2mm wide and
      > in length and tripple sew across both thickneses of the strap about
      > half inch from the hammock material.  Repeat the zig zag stitch 2
      > inches further out. 
      > You are left with a hammock with a double bottom layer and a bug
      > which hangs closed without velcro.  Your Target blue pad will fit
      > very nicely into the pocket of hammock material and you can add
      > flat clothing if you like.  The hammock is hung with Ed Speer's 4
      > wrap knot and if tensioned with about 5 pounds of force pulls the
      > chord of the circle segment which is the cut edge of the chiffon so
      > the bug net is tight over the hammock. 
      > My cost for the prototype:
      > Webbing        10 yards at 0.79 (ouch!)  $7.90
      > hammock material 6.6 yards at 1.97       13.00
      > chiffon         3.3 yards at 2.97         9.80
      > 500 yards of polyester thread              .50
      > Total                                   $31.20
      > Total time to build:  about an hour
      > I slept in the prototype (minus the quarters) last night with my
      > quilt.  It was comfortable and warm with the outside air
      > about 50.  It sure was nice not needing to worry with the pad all
      > time.  I usually turn over 5-8 times in a night and it was much
      > easier to do so without any trouble.   When I got up in the middle
      > the night to pee, it sure was handy not to have to open the velcro
      > and then work to close it again. 
      > Let me express my indebtness to Ed Speer in this design.  He wrote
      > the book that got me sewing hammocks.  This design retains his poly
      > webbing support straps, and his overhand knot.  New features
      > a double bottom (partly in debt to Ray Garlington and partly to the
      > Crazy Creek hammock); a self closing bug net for which I got the
      > germinal idea when looking at a Crazy Creek hammock; a weight
      > system, modified to quarters from the water bottle system that
      > Chad "the one" was using on the AT in Hot Springs, and a bug net
      > suspension system of my own invention. 
      > Now, go out and reproduce (hammocks)!
      > Rick <><

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