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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.

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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As I look out the window our hammock is filling with falling leaves and the gray sky is threatening rain.  Sad to say hammock time is coming to an end in Nova Scotia and soon for those of you to the south of us. Our shop is now on reduced hours and we are busy making rope for next season. Drop in if you are in the Peggy’s Cove Area.

Here are some storage tips to keep your hammock in great condition.

  • I like to wash our hammock before I put it away. Do this in the bathtub. Use a mild soap, I use dishwashing liquid, and swish around to remove as much dirt as possible.
  • Wipe the wooden spreader bars to remove the dirt. Rinse very well.
  • Lay out on the grass or driveway until totally dry. Do not store your hammock while still damp.
  • Store in a dry spot free of critters. We can make hammocks that can stand a lot but not squirrels, mice and other small creatures.
  • If you have a hanging kit, wipe it well to remove grit and store with your hammock.
  • If you have one of our hammock pillows it is likely made of tough and durable Sunbrella@ fabric. Simply wipe it well with a damp cloth and store in a dry spot.
  • I like to store everything together to make it easy to find and re-install the hammock next spring.

Gotta have a Bay Hammock!

Contest ended Sept 30, 2009. Winners of an EarthFriendly Hammock were Monica Welham of Springfield, Virginia and Pam Sword of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Congratulations to both. Become a fan of Bay Hammocks of Nova Scotia to participate in our next contest, coming soon.

My sister and her husband have 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren living close by. To keep them entertained when they visit brother-in-law created this area we call the Childrens Resort.

There are lots of inexpensive ideas here anyone could try.

Children's Resort

Childrens Resort

This is an overview of the area – it is a small wooded area not far from the patio where the parents gather so it is easy to keep an eye on the kids while the play.

Hammock
Every resort needs at least one hammock. This one has been in place for 5 years now and has even been left out most of the winter some years. It comes in two sizes and is made of polyester sports net and is perfect for areas like this. Note the wood chips on the ground beneath the hammock – they are there to create a soft landing spot in case anyone falls out. Usually Granddad 🙂 . Wood chips have also been used under the swings as well.

Sandbox Area

Sandbox Area

The sandbox play area is just a load of sand dumped in a suitable spot. There are enough toys stored there to keep the cats out and the free form of the area encourages the kids to play “outside the box”.

Although the trees provide a lot of shade the sun does peek through and is a problem when the leaves are gone, in the spring and fall. So the next step will be to install a couple of shade sails. It will be easy here because we can custom make them to go from tree to tree and simply attach them to the trees.

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If you are planning to hang your hammock between two trees, don’t forget to purchase a tree- friendly hammock hanging kit.


For more information about tree-friendly hammock hanging kits click here