Mail Bag: Answering 3 Burning Questions, Vol. 3

mailbox_05We know, we know, its been awhile since our last mailbag discussion here at thebyerblog.com.  Please accept our apologies and rejoice in the return of the infamous Byer of Maine Mail Bag!  It is our hope that you find the information here useful as questions about our products and company arise!  Now lets get to it!

Question 1: What does hanging point mean?

We get this question often and lots of times it can be a confusing and not a rock solid explanation so let us explain.  Simply put the hanging point of a hammock is the distance between the two points where you plan to hang your hammock!  The complication comes into play when a hammock description states a hanging point that may vary.  For example, some of our hammocks, the woven hammocks to be specific, are handmade and tied which means that there can be a variation in length, by a whole 12 inches.  The good news is as long as you have two points that are at least in the ballpark of the hanging range your hammock will be very comfortable.  Length can always be added!  We also have solutions for those who may not have enough length, our Madera Stand for example is a stand that only needs one fixed hanging point, like a tree, and the stand can be put where ever you need it to get the best hang for your comfort and hammock.

We also recommend revisiting this old blog post, how to hang a hammock, with further hanging tips and instructions!

Question 2: Can I order replacement parts?

Why yes!  Yes, you can!  We have replacement parts for most of our line, past and present!  You can order replacement parts by calling our office directly, we do not sell the replacement parts online.  From cot covers down to hammock stand hardware we probably have it!  A word of advice, make sure you have the measurements for your cots when you call, there are several different sizes and we need to make sure we get the correct one to you!  When in doubt, about which part you need, email us a photo to comfort@byerofmaine.com and we can figure out exactly what you need!

Question 3: Do you ship internationally?

As of now, no.  But, we are hard at work trying to find a solution!  However, to our friends in Canada, please call us directly to place your order and we can ship to you!  To keep up to date with the developments in shipping sign up for our newsletter so you will be the first to know!

That’s it!  Answers to the 3 of the most burning questions from the past few months!  As always, please feel free to email us at comfort@byerofmaine.com with any questions, comments or concerns!

National Hammock Day 2016

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The time has come to once again celebrate our most favorite piece of outdoor furniture, the Hammock.  National Hammock Day has arrived!!  It is just one of the 365 days that make up the year but it is by far, our most favorite.  It is a day where the hammocks in our backyards can be used without the feeling guilty for putting the To Do list, that seems to be longer then your arm, to the wayside for just 15 minutes of solitude.  It is a day where we can gather with our hammocking friends and see how many hammocks we can stack in between the perfect trees in the park.  It is a day we can all take a moment to relax and enjoy the most comfortable beds in the World, the hammock.

 

The origins of the hammock date back 1,000 years ago to Central America where the Mayans and other indigenous people weaved them using plant fibers and tree bark.  In todays world, there is a whole culture based around a hammock.  Hammmocking has become a way to create community with events around the country brining like minded hammocking individuals together to sway away an afternoon.  There is also a large group of individuals who now use hammocks instead of tents on camping and hiking expeditions.  Using hammocks as opposed to tents give campers and hikers a lighter load as well as making a less of an impact on the environment.

To continue on with a Byer of Maine traditions, here are this years best National Hammock Day events to ensure you make the most of this special day!

1) National Hammock Day Party, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia

Once again, Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia is throwing a hammock party!  The Univest/Valley Green Bank (SSHP) is hosting this years National Hammock Day Party presented by our friends at Hayneedle.com

There will be a DJ, ice cold beverages and giveaways!  8 hammocks will be given away, one every half hour and you will also have the chance to win a reservation in one of the private hammock lounges which are new the the park this year.

We can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday night!

2)  Sway Day 2016, Island Park in Fargo, North Dakota

Of course it wouldn’t be a proper National Hammock Day without Sway Day 2016!  Hosted by the wonderful folks at the Hammock Initiative.  Sway Day is a celebration of the most relaxing day of the year!  Be there by 5:30 p.m to participate in breaking the regions record for most people hanging in a hammock!

Buy your Sway Day tickets here.  And, as a bonus, the paid ticket comes with a limited edition Hammock Initiative hat, which are really pretty awesome!

They guys and gals at Hammock Initiative are creating a Sway movement around the country!  Join them tomorrow!

3) Your Backyard

As always, an obvious choice to celebrate this day is the place you feel most relaxed, your home!  Take a few minutes (or a whole lot of minutes) today to get some fresh air and relax.  We give you permission!

Celebrating Earth Day!

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April 22, 2016 marks the 46th Earth Day!!  A day to celebrate the Earth and environment.  A day to do some good to make a big impact on the future of our planet.  Here at Byer of Maine we are so proud of the little ways we contribute to make our carbon footprint a little bit smaller.

Brazilian Hammocks

Our Brazilian Hammocks are made traditionally in Brazil.  They are handwoven and are all made from 85% recycled cotton fiber.  This is one of the reasons we like to say they are “as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans” because, quite frankly, they are!  If you have never spent an afternoon in a Brazilian cotton hammock we recommend doing so immediately!  Our Barbados (our signature Brazilian hammock), the Paradiso and Gigante hammocks, as well as the Brazil Hammock Chairs are not only beautiful but produced sustainably by the people of Brazil.  They are beautiful additions to your corner of the planet, also known as your backyard.

Mango Birding Products

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    A few years ago we added beautiful wooden bird homes and feeders to our Byer Birding line.  Our Mango Tree Collection is turned from the trunks of mango trees at a small artisanal factory near Chiangmai,  Thailand.  The mango trees produce fruit for 10 to 15 years and at the end of their productive lives the wood is harvested and new trees planted.  The wood is repurposed into our beautiful homes and feeders.  Even the wood shavings are used in the kilns to dry the turnings before finishing.  That drying imparts a sweet smoky aroma that soon dissipates, but is delightful to enjoy when they are first opened for use.  This unique and beautiful collection will provide an attractive addition to your home and garden and a wonderful place for the birds!

We hope you take a moment today to celebrate this beautiful planet of ours and make small changes that will make a big impact on the future.  Enjoy your Earth Day and take a moment to relax the Brazilian way!

Introducing the NEW Micro Straps!

The time has coMicrostrap POSme to announce another new product as part of our line of hammocks and accessories!  Say hello the the new Micro Strap Hanging System!!

We are so excited to be adding these tree friendly and lightweight straps to our line of products.  The straps are one inch thick and 9 feet long to allow for ample room to adjust the hang of any hammock.  The straps feature strong box stitching and cross stitching creating a secure and strong system.  A Custom Aluminum clew bar and secure and easy to adjust buckle allow for easy and quick adjustment and set up.  At only 14 ounces the straps are still lightweight and easy to carry while hiking and hammock camping, all while providing a weight capacity of 440 lbs.  The Micro Straps are perfect to use with any hammock, lightweight or in the backyard.

Have a look for yourself here!  We hope you like them as much as we do!

Introducing the New and Improved Easy Traveller!

2016 is shaping up to be a year full of exciting new products here at Byer of Maine.  From improvements to our line of Hammocks to new and exciting birding products and cots, we certainly have a lot in store for you this year!_MG_9591

I want to take this opportunity to introduce to you the new and improved Easy Traveller!  Made with the same durable parachute nylon as the previous Easy Traveller, the new version is triple stitched for improved durability which in turn changed the weight limit from 250 pounds to 275 pounds.

One of the biggest improvements with this version is the placement of the seams which have made the hammock more comfortable.  We widened the center panel by eliminating the seam that previously cut into your shoulder blade.  This simple change has immensely improved the comfort of our Easy Traveller!  We have also made it lighterMicrostrap POS, weighing in at 13 oz and we gave it a smaller stuff sack.

Along with the new Easy Traveller we have developed a new hanging system.  We are very excited to introduce our Micro strap Hanging system!  A tree friendly strap system that weighs only 14 oz.  The custom aluminum clew bar fits any hammock and it pairs perfectly with our lightweight hammocks!  Visit your local dealer
to see first hand the Micro Strap Hanging system and the Easy Traveller!

This is just the beginning of a long list of product introductions and improvements that will be announced as Spring slowly arrives We are so proud of what we have come up with and think you will really enjoy what we have in store!

 

Its that time of year…

The time has come to put away all of summer toys, including your hammocks.  We wanted to give you a few tips to help assure that your hammock last through the winter so you can enjoy your favorite backyard spot next year.

Tip #1 – Hang them inside.

It is tempting to roll your hammock into a ball and throw it into the storage shed.  Now imagine all of the critters looking for a place to keep warm during the winter months.  One of them will be lucky enough to stumble upon your hammock.  A balled up hammock is the perfect spot to nest for the winter which means you could find your hammock with holes and chewed strings when spring time rolls around.  Your best bet is to hang the hammock up.  Now we encourage you to use your hammock year round but, lets face it, not everyones living room has the room for Brazilian relaxation in the winter so just make sure your hammock is not an inviting ball of coziness for potential winter renters.

Tip #2 – Make sure they are dry.

This one seems pretty obvious but just to reiterate make sure your hammock is dry and clean.  Problems such as mold could occur and thats no fun.  We recommend hand washing your hammock before you tuck it away to assure all the dirt, mud or other potential issues are taken care of.  This especially applies to our lightweight hammocks.  You would never dream of putting away a wet tent, you hammock should exactly the same.

Tip #3 – Store in secure dry area.

To further ensure you hammock does not fall victim to rodents this winter we recommend keeping it out of storage sheds or garages.  Basements are best but if that is not an option we do condone rolling the hammock into a ball and placing it in a closet.

If your ropes are tangled when you put it away it will be a frustrating scenario on the first sunny day of spring to have to untangle them.  The best way to do this is to lay the hammock flat on the ground.  This will allow you to see where the ropes are tangled and the best method to untangle them.  There will be a lot of twisting and flipping but it will all be worth it to keep your hammock in good shape.

If you have any other tips on how you put you hammocks away for the year we would love to hear from you!  We hope wherever you spend the winter months that they are full of adventure and happiness.