Tag: diy

DIY Lightweight Zipper Pulls

Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter; the attention to detail. I was testing out a hammock the other day that had a zippered bug net, but visibly missing were adequate zipper pulls. To clarify, the metal zipper tabs were there, they were just a little hard to find and grab, especially with gloved hands,…
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World War II US Navy Hammock and Clew Tutorial

In doing research for my book, I became intrigued by the hammocks used aboard sailing ships. From what I could discover, the basic design of the “navy hammock” hadn’t changed for hundreds of years, since the time Columbus brought the hammock from the new world until the Korean War (to see some naval hammocks in…
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DIY Poncho Liner Under Quilt (PLUQ) (Sew and No-Sew)

Here’s another one of my early illustrations, updated and improved, showing how to convert a US Army poncho liner into an under quilt. In my early hammock camping days, I couldn’t afford a down-filled under quilt and I most often used a closed-cell foam pad when temperatures dropped. I still wanted  to try an under…
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Make Your Own Double-Sided Stuff Sack

I drew up these instructions when my Boy Scout troop decided to make their own hammocks. Stuff sacks are an easy do-it-yourself project with minimal sewing skills. I often have enough left over material from other projects to scrap together a stuff sack, but you can purchase all the materials from your local fabric store…
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DIY Wood Gas Stove Instructions

NOTE: I originally posted this on HammockForums.net in January 2011, but it is only accessible by donating members, so I thought I would repost on my blog for easier access. I’m a latecomer when it comes to wood gas stoves, but after building my own version over the 2010 Christmas break, I’ve recently turned into…
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Portable Hammock Pipe Stand

UPDATE: For more information on portable hammock stands, check out my guest post on Section Hiker. The hammock pipe stand has been around for a while. I believe Speer was the first to build one back in 2004. The Jacks from Jacks ‘R’ Better built a similar pipe stand for their displays out of 2…
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