1706Re: utterly amazed I am
- Jun 10, 2003Hi Robi,
Metric? English? Both are too limited.
Actually, I wish we would all get back to anatomic measurements for
things like hammocks and kayaks and clothing.
See a previous message:
It makes everything so much simpler to say that your hammock cloth
needs to be a fathom and 3 forearms long and its cords need to be 2
fathoms and a forearm long at each end.
fathom: as far as you can pull a cord between your outstretched arms.
2 fathoms is just about perfect distance between hammock trees...you
can use 2 paces as well, but they are a little shorter than fathoms
(a pace is two steps)
forearm: from the elbow to the fleshy part of the thumb where you
would hold a cord (fathom = 4 forearms) I make my hammocks 3
forearms wide, while Ed suggests a foot wider.
handspan: end of little finger to thumb when spread (forearm = 2
hand spans) This is about how far the tarp should overlap the
hammock at each end.
fingerspan: spreading the index and second finger, outside of one to
the outside of the other (two finger spans = one handspan) This is
the best diameter for a hammock hanging tree.
Then, the measurements are right for small and large people alike.
The "english" system went crazy when someone tried to standardize the
lengths. This was necessary for precision (like for machine parts)
but we lost all collective memory about how to use our own bodies to
measure things for ourselves.
My practice is to use personal anatomic measurements and when
necessary to convert them to some standard measurement. In the US,
by the way, cloth and webbing measurements are not in inches or feet,
but in yards. If I go into a fabric store and asks for 10 feet of
ripstop nylon, the clerk looks at me like I am some sort of ignorant
male. She will always stop and correct me... so you want 3 1/3
yards? Is that correct??
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, robi dawson <beanco@m...>
> first, how was the hike?
> secondly, thank you for you kind letter! It always amazes me to see
> friendly and helpful ppl can be when you approach them with an idealike
> mine. the list of donations you provided is utterly amazing.person who
> As for the book, no worries, when it gets here i will devour it and
> translate a summary of it for the teachers at the school.
> As for the materials i mentioned in my message below. i found a
> is interested in donating 3 meters of them, i.e. if ppl here cantell me
> enough about the quality then he will buy them for me. He is afraidof
> donating anything that may not be safe, which i find quiteunderstandable.
> I thought I would ask on the list and if anybody knows about the
> they could give me some advice, then i could use the stuff for ahammock
> with the kindergarten camping trip this coming weekend and show allthose
> 4-6 years olds how to live luxuriously while in the woods.... Getto make
> them pizza in the brick oven at the campsite, can't wait, bakingfor 80 ppl
> should be fun!the
> Again, thanks everybody.
> PS. no need to worry about the measurements i use both the US and
> metric regularly, for tempatures for instance i do not even botherwith
> conversion charts i just estimate, same for km - miles or viceversa,
> kilos-pounds no problem... in fact i am so used to it i oftenforget to
> convert from one to the other when sending measurements to friendswho use
> only one of the systems...so darn
> But yes, i think the US should convert, the metric system is just
> simple and logical, a stroke of genius if you ask me. But changingto
> different systems is not easy, hard for many to let go of the *old*way....
> which is understandable.
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