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Liz Martin! The hammock is at the Imperial Point picnic area on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Liz guessed the picnic area at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Can’t get much closer than that.

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Rip-Stop Nylon Parachute Camping Hammock

Rip-Stop Nylon Parachute Camping Hammock

Comment on this post telling us where this hammock is – please be as accurate as possible – the closer you get to the actual location the better chance you will have to win.

The winner will receive a gift certificate  worth 50% off any hammock we sell.

For an additional chance to win go to our facebook page and like this picture and leave your answer there as well.

Hint: You will find the answer on our website. Remember, this is a camping hammock.

Contest Deadline is June 16 2011 (just in time for Father’s Day).

The rules are simple:

1. You must live in Canada or the United States

2. You must leave an email so we can contact the winner. We will not share or use your email address in any other way. Only 1 entry per email address. Do not leave your email on our Facebook page..

3. You must be over 18

4 The gift certificate is for 50% off the purchase of ONE hammock. Shipping, hammock accessories, etc., are not included in this discount.

5. The winner will be determined by random number selection from the correct answers.

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Today we are shipping a custom hammock to a sculptor in New York. It is to hang 20 feet above the ground on a sculpture she has been commissioned to create and install in London, England.

The hammock is 40 feet long in total. Here you see it hanging diagonally across a 40 ft x 40 ft space in Bay Hammocks shop in Seabright, Nova Scotia.

The 5” O ring and the spreader bars are both made of brushed stainless steel (supplied by the artist) and we made the rope from special order steel grey nylon fibre. It should last a very long time.

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Back in March Riley Sproul, a medical student in Ohio, wrote to ask if we would help him make his own hammock. Ohio is a long way from Nova Scotia so we recommended the only book we are aware of that tells you how to weave and tie a hammock. The book is no longer in print but is occasionally available for sale as a used book on the internet.

Much to our surprise Riley purchased a copy of the book and made his own hammock. This morning I received this note from him:

“It’s finally finished! 😀 The book you recommended worked like a charm and I completed the hammock a few days ago but just had the opportunity to put it up a few days back. In the picture it’s hanging pretty low to the ground, I tightened a few ropes and have hung it higher since then. I plan to make several more, some larger and possibly some themed. In the close up pictures you can get a good look at the spreaders and can see that they’re actually home made. I chopped down a few small trees from our forest and de-barked then treated them. Overall I’m very happy with the end product although it has it’s imperfections. 

Thanks so much for the advice :)”
Riley Sproul

And here is the end result:

A comment about the hammock hanging close to the ground. As all the knots in a handmade hammock are tied by hand they will tighten up the first few times you lie in it and the hammock will stretch. We lie in every hammock we make to tighten the knots (it is a tough job but someone has to do it 🙂 ) but it is very likely the hammock will stretch a bit more the first few times you use it and you will have to hang it higher after a couple of uses. You can learn more about how to hand a hammock on our website

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Anne Chisholm

Hi there. I just created a new, personal homepage at flavours.me. It is a great spot where I can keep track of all my social media activities. You can see it here Anne Chisholm.

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This Mama Bear is doing a pretty good job of balancing in a hammock, until the baby figures out how to get in!

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Hammock news from around the world 

Bay hammock on Sailboat

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You can learn a lot from this video by Mike Leonard of NBC for the Today Show about The Peggy’s Cove Area and The Bay Hammock Company.

There is a short commercial first then the video.

We had a fun time with Mike filming this. A very nice and professional gentleman.

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Often when we think of shopping local we think of going to shops in our neighbourhood. You can often find lots of great local shops on the internet. Many makers of handmade products sell only on the internet. At Bay Hammocks we get many orders from local people. I don’t blame them for doing this. Think of the convenience – no crowds, no running from place to place to comparision shop, no searching down a customer service rep for information and help. It is all right there at your fingertips. One great spot to find hand-made gift suggestions from local artisans and crafters is http://canartisan.blogspot.com.  There are some excellent tips on finding local shops on the internet here.

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I find shopping a tricky business these days. One wants to make the budget stretch as far as possible and yet get good quality merchandise that will last. The question is, how does one judge good value? I love to cook and I know how we judge good food – quality ingredients, careful, on premise preparation and pleasing presentation guarantee a great end product. So this is what I look for when I shop:

  • What has been used in the making of the product, were good quality ingredients used. How was it made – does it appear to be well crafted and carry a good guarantee.
  • Where was it made. Do I know who made it (my preference). Can I find someone to talk to if I have a problem.
  • Have the people who made it been treated fairly. I find it difficult to enjoy anything that I feel an under-paid, mistreated person made.
  • Does it look good, have all edges been finished, no dents, bangs, hanging threads, etc.
  • And lastly, will owning it make my life better and involve very little work on my part?

If a product meets these standards and is at a price I feel is fair then I will buy it. And 99% of the time I am happy with my purchase. So we try to apply these principles to the products we make at the Bay Hammock Company.

  • We purchase high quality materials to make our hammocks – products we know will stand up to the Canadian weather.
  • Each hammock is made by hand by skilled, well paid artisans who take pride in their work and the hammocks we make.
  • We stand behind our products with a 5 year guarantee on most.
  • Our hammocks are made in Seabright Nova Scotia, Canada. You can call us at 1.888.820.3045 and chat with Arch, the owner, or Lynn, our master hammock maker.
  • Each hammock is carefully finished and tested (we love that part of our job) before it is packaged and shipped to you.
  • If, like us, you are lucky enough to live in Nova Scotia, you can drop in and test the hammock yourself before you buy.
  • And of course, owning a Bay Hammocks hammock will make your life better. How could it not?

Which hammock or hammock swing is right for you? Well that depends.

  • If only the best will do you want a handmade nylon hammock or hammock swing. These hammocks are soft as silk yet very tough. They do require a bit of care though.
  • If you are concerned about the environment consider an EarthFriendly hammock or hammock swing – It is made of recycled plastic (mostly soft drink bottles).
  • Our olefin hammocks look great and are tough as nails and a little lower price than the nylon.
  • And finally, our net hammock or hammock swing – It is made with sports net and is really good value if you have children or want to use it at the cottage or camping. It requires very little care and will last for years. The one in the picture at the top of this blog has been hanging in place for 4 years – usually it is put away in December and is rehung in April but it has seen its share of snow and ice.

Ask yourself, would you trust this family’s or your family’s safety to a cheap, badly made hammock?

eco friendly hammock

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