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Deer In Hammock Wears Police Jacket On Head

Yes, totally true. From CBC news in British Colombia


Here is the deer not knowing how to use a simple hammock properly.

Conservation officials are reminding rural homeowners to take down hammocks and volleyball nets on their properties after a large mule deer had to be removed with the help of a tranquilizer.

The four-point mule buck got himself tangled in a backyard hammock on Monday near Kimberley in the East Kootenay.

“He was pretty agitated. He had been working pretty hard to free himself,” said conservation officer Jeff Scott.

“Usually the more they fight, the more they get tangled in it. He had multiple layers wrapped around his antlers.”

Remove hammocks, wires, volleyball nets

Two officers attended and sedated the buck with a tranquilizer in order to cut the hammock from the animal’s antlers.

They later used a reversal agent and released the deer on site.

He was so embarrassed by his failure to use a simple hammock, that he covered his head with his jacket.

“Everything went well… shortly after, he was on his feet and on his way.”

Scott said he gets two to three calls a year of animals being tangled in “some kind of wire, mesh, netting or hammocks.”

He said it is a good reminder for homeowners to clear their properties of hazards.

“Remove hammocks and wires in the fall when the deer, elk and moose are in the rut.”

Most gardens in the UK have 6ft fences around them any way, so I this this is probably more a Canadian problem, not to mention the lack of giant deer wandering around in London. But if you have a rope hammock or hanging chair, take all necessary precautions.

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Hammocks are becoming more popular.

Global Hammocks Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.45% during the period 2017-2021.

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“The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is Popularity of rocking chair hammocks. Hammocks are currently being subjected to continuous innovations to cater the growing demand for leisure products. Vendors have come up with a combination of a rocking chair with hammock. Although they sacrifice the swinging ability of the hammock, they make up for that with the rocking ability. These products have a woven seat with a circular shape, which serves as a hammock canopy. These are more comfortable than traditional chairs good and are good for people who are unable to use traditional hammocks. Rocking chair hammocks are made of a metal frame that rocks back and forth. Cotton fabrics are attached to the frame through three different styles of weaving. Hammocks can hold a weight of up to 176 lbs and are large enough to hold a person.”

“According to analysts forecast the global hammocks market to grow at a CAGR of 17.45% during the period 2017-2021.”

According to the report, one of the major drivers for this market is Increasing participation in outdoor recreational activities. With the increase in fast-paced and hectic lifestyles, growing health consciousness, and need to engage in physical exercises, consumers, especially in regions such as Europe and North America, are opting for various ways to de-stress. Hence, they are willing to take up outdoor fun and adventurous activities, thereby pushing the demand for leisure activities and outdoor sports. A global increase in disposable income has also raised expenditure on recreational activities. Thereby further creating a high demand for outdoor activities such as camping. These factors are the primary drivers that will boost the global hammocks market during the forecast period.

Further, the report states that one of the major factors hindering the growth of this market is Uncertainty in the prices of raw materials. The rising prices of high-quality raw materials will increase the overall manufacturing costs of hammocks. This added cost is usually transmitted to consumers in the form of increased prices, which can restrict volume purchases. Cotton, polypropylene, and polyester are the major raw materials used in the manufacture of hammocks. Recent hikes in commodity prices and the scarcity of raw materials had a negative impact on the profit margins of hammock manufacturers. On the other hand, the increased manufacturing capacity in China has particularly created a global shortage of raw materials. This is particularly evident in the prices of natural fibers such as cotton. The prices of artificial fibers like polypropylene and polyamide have also increased. The sheer scale and frequency of rises in the price of commodities have posed a significant challenge for the vendors in the market.

The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information including inputs from key participants in the industry. The report contains a comprehensive market and vendor landscape in addition to a SWOT analysis of the key vendors.

Polyester Hammocks vs Polypropylene Hammocks

What is the difference between polyester and polypropylene ?

First of all, polypropylene and polyester are synthetic materials. They are both polymers, which is essentially plastic. As a result their colors won’t fade or bleed when washed because the colours are built into the material.

Polypropylene however, is more hydrophobic than polyester meaning that it does not absorb as much water. Since the water cannot be absorbed into the fabric, the water (or rain) has a tendency to spread evenly throughout the garment which in turn helps the water to evaporate much quicker than a fabric that absorbs and retains the water.

As a quick example, if you cup your hand and put some water in it and continue to hold the water in your hand with your hand still in a cup shape, the water will take a very long time to dry. But, if you un-cup your hand and use your other hand to spread the water evenly all over both of your hands, the water will dry in less than 1 tenth of the time.

So, having explained this, polypropylene hammocks will dry much faster than polyester hammocks. Polypropylene has a much lower melting point than polyester so you will want to avoid washing polypropylene in hot water or drying it. For this reason, polyester hammocks are much easier to care for than polypropylene hammocks.

Polyester hammocks are also more UV resistant than polypropylene. Eventually the polypropylene fabric will break down and the color will fade.

So really, whether one fabric is better than the other really depends on what it will be used for. If you just need a fabric to wear next to your skin that will dry very quickly and thus keep you skin dry, then polypropylene is probably what you want. If you want just a good all around fabric that also dries quickly, but is very easy to launder and care for, then polyester is probably your best bet. Therefore we prefer polyester for hammocks.

On balance to me it seems like polyester is the best material for making hammocks.

Here is a very close up image of polyester from wikipedia.

Want Your Kids to Read More? Get a Hanging Chair or a Hammock

reading in a hanging chair or hammock

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Would you like your children to read more? This is a common issue with most parents after the novelty of learning to read wears off young kids. The difficulty, after your children start elementary school, is many kids associate reading with school responsibilities.

Young children often fail to realize that reading for fun also is possible. However, there are some action plans that can motivate your kids to read more.

Create a Reading Nook

Creating a special place for your kids to read is a “winner.” Regardless of the number and ages of your children, they will love having a special place dedicated to them for reading. Whether you make their reading nook indoors or outdoors, they will use it.

Equip your reading nook with a hanging chair or hammock for optimum results. Kids love hanging chairs and hammocks. Therefore, they will use their reading nook more than you think they will, simply because you installed a hanging seat or hammock.

If your children are small and young, you could install a hanging chair or hammock designed for kids, with vibrant colors. As the kids grow, you can always upgrade to adult models in reading nooks.

Why Hanging Chairs or Hammocks?

Hanging chairs or hammocks are more fun than regular chairs or sofas. Kids love hanging chairs, particularly when they know these swing chairs are for them. Children like hammocks almost as much as hanging chairs.

Even those post-toddler children, who vocally refuse to take a nap (“that’s for babies,” they often claim), often fall to sleep, like many adults, when they read (or look at the pictures) in a gently swaying hanging chair or hammock. Kids also enjoy playing, getting into and out of hanging chairs, running around, and swinging in hanging chairs and hammocks.

Advantages of Hanging Chairs and Hammocks to Motivate Reading

When you install hanging chairs and Hammocks outdoors, they offer some interesting benefits, in addition to the advantages provided when they’re installed indoors.

I Bought a Hammock Instead of a Bed – Here’s What Happened

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Sleeping in a hammock is becoming ever more popular. Many people are removing their beds in favor of a hammock. I did the same thing and I’m happy I did. Only campers and hippies formerly shouted from the rooftops, I had the “best sleep ever!” More and more non-campers and non-hippies are enthusiastically touting the benefits of hammock sleep. But, what does the scientific and medical community say about hammocks? Research, neglected for decades, has only recently been done to examine the truths about hammock sleeping. To date, scientific and medical research confirms what ancient societies already knew.

Brief History

Central American anthropologists have discovered that ancient societies favored hammocks from a minimum of 700 years ago. Even famous explorer Christopher Columbus, after he found the Bahamas, loved “sleeping in nets between trees.” Historians note that the first hammock probably was invented by the Greeks around 450 B.C., which is many, many years before Columbus sailed to the Bahamas. The legendary Maya people called their hammocks, “the gift of the Gods.” Most people, even scientists, previously assumed ancient civilizations chose hammocks because they were off the ground, away from dangerous spiders and snakes, or pesky stinging ants. These uneducated civilizations may have embraced other reasons, however.

Studies Found Health Benefits with Hammock Sleep

Since scientific studies have now discovered long-touted benefits of hammock sleeping, other people are taking hammocks more seriously. As always, there is (has never been) no perfect product, so hammocks deliver many benefits with only one major potential downside.

Pros

You will fall asleep faster; You will enjoy the health benefits of deeper sleep; You’ll have better ability to focus the next day after a restful hammock sleep; You will improve your reading skills; Generally, you’ll increase your learning skills; You may find your back pain disappears; The gentle rocking motion has proven to make you “sleep like a baby;” and You’ll not need to contend with the dust mites common to mattresses. Con (only one catalogued downside) Hammocks may hurt your romantic life, as hammocks shine when you’re sleeping “solo.” Even if you and your partner are “cuddly” types, few people enjoy sleeping when “joined at the hip.” Even two person hammocks may push the envelope when your partner is a light sleeper. Try It, You’ll Like It As you can see, the benefits of sleeping in a hammock seriously outweigh the one downside. Consider trying a hammock for a nap or for a night. A trial should convince you of the hammock-sleep benefits you get. If you believe your mattress caused you back pain, since hammocks often relieve back pain, what have you got to lose except your back pain? The measured increase in brain wave activity from a 2011 university study (University of Geneva in Switzerland), also improves your memory and learning ability. While there are scientific conclusions supporting the improved sleep quality you would receive from a hammock, there is only one way for you to prove it to yourself. Give hammocks a try and see what you’ve been missing. You may refuse to miss these benefits in the future.

Hammock Vs Sofa

Raya Family Hammock

While the title of this article may surprise you, we’ll show you how a family hammock stacks up to a sofa as a family gathering place. You may think, at first, there is little connection between a hammock versus a sofa. However, family hammocks allow the whole family, kids and all, to have more fun together than any sofa ever made.

In fact, handcrafted family hammocks come in different sizes, like those from Hammock Heaven, depending on the size of your family. From XL to XXL to Supernova family hammocks can deliver fun for your whole family, whether you have one or two kids, up to six or more.

Family Hammocks

Family hammocks are much more fun for adults and kids than sofas, even when they’re big enough to hold your entire family. These extra-large hammocks are also wider than large so-called “double hammocks,” comfortable for you and your life partner.

Many family hammocks hold up to 600 to 800 pounds of humans. They’re made with thicker cords and feature other reinforcements to hold the extra weight of the whole family.

Often, those who prefer hammocks to traditional flat beds, use double or family hammocks to better enjoy their overnight deep sleep. They find the extra length and width of family hammocks comforting for all night sleeping.

Whether installed indoors or out in the yard, family hammocks offer more fun and relaxation than sofas, however large or expensive. Your kids particularly will enjoy the gentle swaying of the hammock, while playing and relaxing with their parents.

Sofa

While a sofa makes a design statement about your décor, most are not made with “sleep” in mind. If you want to take a nap, you’ll have to try different positions until you’re at least semi-comfortable.

The best feature of sofas is their mobility, meaning you can rearrange your furniture, including your sofa, with relative ease – easier than relocating your indoor hammock. However, the anchors for your hammock are unobtrusive and can easily be hidden creatively.

Outdoor sofa considerations include being sure the covering is designed to face inclement weather. Indoor sofas can quickly become ruined when used outside in the yard or on the deck/patio. Some materials have a problem drying, even if the hot sun appears after a rainstorm. Drying cushions on a sofa often is a particularly troubling problem.

Conclusion

While a quality family hammock is not for everyone, your family, including the kids, will love it more than a sofa. Sure, if laying on your couch is your favorite spot at home, you may not want to change it. However, when you’re laying on it, a sofa cannot accommodate multiple people.

Locating your family hammock outdoors will offer more fun than a deck or patio sofa. If you are already a hammock aficionado, you know this to be true. For design reasons, you may still want to place an outdoor sofa on the entertaining area of your yard.

Using both a sofa and a family hammock delivers a good solution to this dilemma. When you’re entertaining guests, you might use your outdoor sofa to handle multiple guests. If you’re just getting your family together, you will want to use your family hammock to surround yourself with your partner and your children.

Why Having a Hammock in the Garden Helps Everyone Enjoy the Outdoors?

Mammoth Family Hammock - Colora - Xlarge (Seconds)

Installing a hammock or swing seat in your garden is a fabulous way to get your family out of the house on a beautiful day. A cotton rope hammock is a natural for this purpose. If you prefer sitting to lying down, a natural cotton swing seat in your garden is equally satisfying.

Swing Seats or Personal Hammocks?

Both swing seats and personal (one-person) hammocks are ideal additions to your garden area. If you have the space, you could install a “family hammock” in your garden to encourage the entire family to join you while you’re enjoying the warmth of the sun.

If asked about their preference, your kids typically want a rope swing seat instead of a hammock, since they enjoy swinging more than relaxing or taking a nap. You can always accessorize your rope swing seat or hammock with a canopy or pergola to keep out most of the sun. For more swing consistency, you could always add a hammock or swing seat stand.

Where Should You Place Your Garden Hammock?

The answer, regardless of the size of your garden, is always the same: Your favorite relaxing area of your garden. Typically, this is a place that your favorite plants and/or flowers surround you with quiet and tranquil feelings.

Your backyard is the favorite area in most yards of most homeowners. In general, the preferred place is near flower beds, ponds, or a group of your favorite trees. When you favor surrounding trees, you’ll also enjoy other benefits, such as avoiding some sun and some disquieting noise. Trees serve as effective buffers for too much sun and unwelcome noises that disturb your relaxing bliss.

When you clear an area in your garden to surround yourself with your favorite flowers and greenery, you can use a contemporary or traditional hammock stand to enhance the area, even when there are no suitable posts or trees around the garden. If you’re goal is to get the family out of the house and into the garden, you may want to add a hanging chair (on an attractive chair stand) to your hammock area. Since it’s typically kids that want to use hanging chairs most, you might be amazed at the time your children spend in your garden retreat.

Alternatives for Those Needing Extra Support

Some people require firmer support than offered by a cloth hammock. If you are one of those people, but enjoy an occasional nap, you might consider a “hanging bed” as an alternative. While somewhat more complex to install, sometimes needing four points of attachment (at least, on the bed itself), instead of two (typical hammock), you’ll still enjoy the outdoors, with the sun and sway of the wind, with a hanging bed, along with the extra support you get.

If you need extra support, but enjoy sitting more than lying down, a hanging wire-mesh chair, instead of a rope swinging chair on a strong stand may be ideal. You’ll find different designs, one of which could be perfect for the support you need, but still very comfortable.

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Five Places to Hang Your Hammock in a Garden

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Your home garden is a popular setting to install your favorite hammock. You can install it anywhere you feel a sense of “peace” in your garden. However, here are some suggestions to fuel your ideas for ideal places for your hammock or hanging chair.

Some Places to Hang Your Hammock in Your Garden

  • If you like to read in quiet, hang your hammock anywhere that’s quiet in your garden.Pick a place that you like, that’s quiet and peaceful, and, at least, semi-private in your garden so you can read without being disturbed.
  • Do you have a pergola in your garden? You might want to hang your hammock (attached at two poles) under your pergola top.Unless your pergola top is solid, you’ll still get some filtered sunlight. Just be careful not to nap for too long, or you’ll get a tan or sunburn with the design of the pergola roof (top) on some parts of your body.
  • Clear a place you prefer that surrounds you with your favorite plants and flowers.Being surrounded by your favorite plantings is a perfect place for your hammock in the garden. That’s why you planted these in the first place, didn’t you?
  • Invest in a hammock stand, so you can place your hammock or hanging chair in your favorite area in your garden, without the need for trees or sturdy posts.Not all gardens are home to strong trees. If your garden is lacking trees to install your hammock, you can still pick your favorite spot, by using a hammock stand. A utilitarian or innovatively-designed, contemporary hammock stand makes it possible for you to locate your hammock in your favorite area in your garden without nearby strong trees.
  • Clear a space for a family hammock if your spouse and kids like to relax with you.Does your family like to enjoy a hammock with you? A hammock large enough to fit your whole family, including the kids, is the answer. Although you may need to clear a slightly larger space in your garden, it will be worth having your family enjoy your “hammock time,” while they are surrounding you.

Conclusion

Your favorite place in the garden is the best place for your hammock or hanging chair. While these suggestions are the fuel that ignites your imagination, you can place your hammock anyplace in your garden that pleases you.

Just be sure to take it down when you water your plants and flowers if you use a sprinkler to feed your plants the water they need to grow healthy and strong. If it’s sunny and hot, you may want to leave your hammock up to cool it off when you turn the sprinkler on.

There is really no bad place to locate your hammock in your garden. While you may have location preferences, use them to find the perfect place to locate your treasured hammock.

Why We Have Low Staff Turnover in Our Columbian Hammock Factory

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We have some staff that have worked in the hammock factory for 25 years. We seldom need to find new craftsmen as replacements. Since our hammocks and hanging chairs are hand-fashioned, we treasure our craftsmen and our quality control staff.

We take our mission to treat our staff as valued employees very seriously. Many of them expansively refer to good working conditions as a reason they continue to work for us. We marvel at the advantages this commitment delivers to our customers.

Why Factory Staff Turnover Is Low

We believe that our low turnover is not a function of luck, but results from our consistent treatment of our staff as “quality” craftsmen, whether they are male or female. Our hand fashioners are as dedicated to producing quality hammocks and hanging chairs as our supervisors.

In the words of Marta, our Production Manager, “. . . I check the processes to make sure that every hammock is made very well.” She has worked at our factory for over 13 years. “The majority of the people who are here have worked here for a long time.” Why?

  • They like working for us.
  • “The owners treat us very well.”
  • Each craftsman “does his or her very best at our task.”
  • We want all our customers to “be satisfied” with our quality hammocks.
  • “. . . one of the things that has made us stay her so long is that we love this company. . .”
  • Unlike some Asian factories, “. . . we always try to keep it (factory) really clean, so the products will be very good.”
  • When working with fabrics, there will always be “fluff,” but there isn’t much here because staff always keeps it clean.
  • Craftsmen take pride in carefully stitching the ends of hammocks and hanging chairs by folding the ends over and reinforcing our products for durability.
  • Staff takes equal pride in handmaking the superior sturdy ropes that keep our handcrafted hammocks and our customers out of “harm’s way.”
  • When you order a high-quality colorful hammock from Hammock Heaven, the craftsman who builds it for you probably has years of experience creating quality hammocks.

Conclusion

Our low turnover proves the theory that employers who treat their staffs respectfully, fairly, and generate pride of workmanship, creates an effective team who do their best to excel. In the 21st century, it can be challenging to find, train, and retain high quality employees.

However, treating them well is a rewarding approach, particularly when giving them the responsibility to create handmade products. Studies have proven that people work for companies where they are appreciated for their expertise, not only for the highest wages. Our staff consistently builds high-quality hammocks and hanging chairs – and is very proud of their company.