My hammock is finally hung somewhere on my property! It's been four long years since my hammock emerged from its plastic storage bin and it is enjoying getting fresh air and being stretched out. This hammock is one I had custom-made in Merida, Mexico back in 2004 (my first trip there). Mayan hammocks are considered to be some of the most comfortable and well-made hammocks in the world. Usually made with 100% cotton, they are hand-woven and come in a variety of sizes (one person, a couple, or family size). It's hard to see all of it here, but mine is considered family size (I wanted the biggest I could get!). My familia mexicana's maid showed me sizes and colors, I picked the ones I wanted (as did my roommate), and she went to work. A few weeks later, my host mom inspected the finished work (since we were hammock newbies), deemed it worthy, and I had my first hammock! It came in handy for many of my travels there--it could bundle up into a small size, hammock hooks are installed everywhere since it's a way of life, and I could just hook it up and be ready for bed.
|There are many woven patterns to keep it strong.|
|This knot has been burned.|
|Giant hook in wall, S hook, then ropes looped on.|
|The ropes have been tied to the hammock loop.|
Finally, to attach the ropes to your hammock, you'll need to make sure the hammock is "smiling". If it's not dipping enough, then this puts more wear on your threads (it's not as flexible all stretched out) and will not last as long. Also try to keep the height of the closed loop hooks the same. Once everything looks good (in terms of placement), loop your ropes on the S hook and slip the ropes through your hammock loop. This knot is similar to a figure 8 knot, but it's a little hard to explain. This flickr user has some examples.
|Attached to wooden pillar.|