How To Illustration Rig A Tarp
April 18, 2012

New! DutchWare Stingerz

I love my DutchWare Tarp Flyz, but what I really wanted was a Tarp Flyz with a hook or carabiner so I could attach it directly to my tarp tie-out without any fuss. Wish granted! Dutch is always working on new gadgets, so when I talked with him about the…

How To Illustration Rig A Tarp
April 18, 2012

Rubber Band Tarp Line Tensioners

Nylon-based tarps tend to stretch during the night and when they get wet. This can be a potential problem for small asymmetric tarps because an edge sag could direct water onto your hammock. The solution is to use a tarp line tensioner—an elastic cord (e.g., shock cord or elastic medical…

Hang a Hammock How To Illustration Instruction Suspension
April 14, 2012

Re-Threading A Gathered-End Hammock

So, you got that brand-new, gathered-end hammock, but you want to upgrade the suspension? Maybe switch out the heavy “S”-hooks or steel carabiners with a Whoopie Sling or a continuous loop? I don’t know about you, but trying to thread suspension through a gathered-end hammock can be a challenge. Have…

Hang a Hammock How To Illustration Instruction
April 13, 2012

The Whoopie Hook

Last, but not least in this DutchWare series is the Whoopie Hook. When Dutch first sent me a pair of these hooks to review for the illustration, I was confused on how to use them. This is because Dutch re-imagined how to use the familiar Whoopie Sling: instead of attaching…

Illustration
April 12, 2012

The Tarp Flyz

Another DutchWare original: The Tarp Flyz. This is another tarp rigging hardware option that works a little like the Nite Ize Figure-9 hardware, but with two-to-one mechanical advantage to get the line taut. The line is secured by wrapping it around the “antenna” of the Flyz. The Tarp Flyz are…

Illustration Instruction Rig A Tarp Staying Dry
April 11, 2012

The Dutch Hook

Did I mention the Dutch Hook was small? I was surprised when I saw it for the first time. Hammock hanger MuseJr was showing off his assortment of DutchWare at a recent group hang in Arizona, explaining how it all worked together. The Dutch Hook is primarily used for rigging…

Hang a Hammock Illustration Instruction Suspension
April 10, 2012

The Dutch Buckle

I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Thom “Dutch” Ressler back in 2011 when I was putting together my first draft of The Ultimate Hang. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to help Dutch illustrate and design some marketing materials for his very popular hammock related products sold through DutchWare.…