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!

SPRING CLEANING: The Definitive How-To Guide

Had an interesting question from a relative recently, inquiring about the two small metal pins on the edge of our Mango Tree bird homes. It got me thinking: There must be others out there that don’t realize the pins are removable.

Simply put, the pins are there to facilitate annual cleaning of the bird homes.

Here’s how they work: Continue reading

MAILBAG: Answering Your 3 Most Burning Questions

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There’s no reason to travel all the way to the Four Corners to flip a coin. You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers all bundled up nice and neat right here. In today’s edition of the mailbag — the first edition, for those of you scoring at home — we’re talking hammocks, cots and bird homes.

Here are three of the most frequently asked questions from the Byer of Maine community at large. With answers!

Can I leave my hammock outside?

This might not actually be the “most frequently asked question” about hammocks, so I’ve already failed to deliver on what was promised above. That honor goes to “How do I hang my hammock?” — but that question was already answered in a previous blog post.

People do want to know, however, if it’s copacetic to leave their hammocks outside for any length of time.  Continue reading

LUCKY YOU: There’s Still Time

holiday bannerYou put that Christmas shopping off right to the very last minute, huh? Watched Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday just skate right on by, did you? Trying to figure out how to get Mom that special something on a shoestring budget with just a week until the big day?

Being the good people that we are, we’ve got you covered.

Byer of Maine is extending its annual Holiday Sale two more days, giving you through midnight on Wednesday, December 18 to save on everything in the online store AND get free shipping on your order. Continue reading

WINTER WONDER: For The Birds

eggfeedermainSaw this question posed out there on the worldwide interweb thing this morning: “What’s your favorite thing to do in winter?”

Certainly, I have lots of favorites — snowshoeing, pond hockey, ice fishing, snowball fights with the kids, even bounding around with the dog and a ball in a fresh coating of the white stuff in the backyard. But one of winter’s other joys, one that doesn’t often come immediately to mind, is a simple pleasure.

Sometimes, it’s nice to sit in front of a big picture window with a cup of hot coffee and watch the birds come and go to the feeder in the front yard. (Side note: In Maine, we call it the “dooryard,” which, for some reason, hasn’t caught on in the rest of the world. But it should, because all the cool kids are saying it.) 

I’m not going to lie: Part of me — OK, a big part of me — envies the little creatures for being so brave in the face of winter’s cold, harsh elements. I have to bulk up with approximately 612 pounds of wool, fleece and synthetic shells to even begin to face the cold, so much so that I end up looking like Ralphie’s little brother in “A Christmas Story.” But those birds, well, for them it’s just another day in the northern New England paradise. Continue reading