The Las Vegas Market 2017

vegas-martIt has certainly been a busy January for Byer of Maine and we are ringing in the new year with some exciting news!

Afterimg_20170123_103159722 spending last week at America’s Mart in Atlanta, we have travelled this week the the Las Vegas Market at the Las Vegas World Market Center in Las Vegas.  It is the most comprehensive Trade Show in the West for gifts, home decor and furniture.  This is our first year attending the show!

We are so honored to have been given the Best Booth Design Award
in the Casal Furniture Category at the show.  The award is given to the top 4 exhibitors in the category.   The award is based on 4 criteria which are, overall visual design, creative merchandising, cohesive brand messaging and the overall personality of the booth and sales staff.  We are so excited to have this honor our first year at the show!

We also want to take a moment to congratulate our fellow winners in the Furniture Category, Edgemod Furniture, IDO Furniture Co., Ltd. and Phu Tai J.S. Company.

To learn more about the Las Vegas Market and the award, click here!

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!

Sit Back, Relax and Unwind, Happy National Hammock Day!

Paradiso Hammock Sunset-M365 days a year there seems to be some obscure thing to celebrate.  We hear them on the radio every morning, see them all through social media and even celebrate a few that we feel passionate about (National Pancake Day anyone?).  The origins of the National (insert something completely random here) Day calendar seems to be unknown.  I mean lets be honest, who started National Rice Pudding Day, you either love it or despise it.  But, who can complain about a day encouraging folks to sit back and relax in one of the worlds most comfortable, portable and versatile hanging beds?  Not me!

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.

If you are new to celebrating National Hammock Day I wanted to share some unique ways to celebrate across the country.

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

Philadelphia is throwing an impressive hammock party tonight from 4 pm to 8 pm at Spruce Street Harbor Park.  There will be music, food, beverages and a whole lot of swaying!  Honestly, I wish I could participate in this one.

2)  Sway Day, Lake Nokomis, Minneapollis

Back on May 30, 2015 SwayDay took over Fargo.  This time it is headed to Minneapolis for a Sway Day celebrating National Hammock Day on Lake Nokomis from 4 pm to 7 pm  This is a BYOH (Bring Your Own Hammock) event that is sure to please!

3)  UF Hammock Club Hammock Day Gathering, Plaza of the Americas, Gainsville, FL

University of Florida Hammock Club (where was this when I was in college?) is celebrating National Hammock Day with a gathering from 10 am to 1 pm.  They plan to relax the afternoon away and create some memories in the hot Florida sun.

4) Your backyard, Anywhere

If you prefer the a less social way to relax or, like us being in the deep woods of Northern Maine, simply can not get to one of these events, check your backyard.  Do you have a hammock?  Do you need a hammock (we can help with that, www.byerofmaine.com)?  Get out there with your favorite book, the beverage of your choice and maybe a comfy blanket or pillow and just relax.

Whether you have the whole day to celebrate (sick day anyone?) or an evening to spare a few minutes, I encourage you to sway in a hammock today and celebrate another obscure but really awesome National Day of Celebrating.

PERFECT ADDITION: Moskito Kakoon And Traveller Rain Fly Offer The Best In Hammock Camping

Traveller Rainfly 2-MMy math has always been a little fuzzy, but in this case I’m certain that one-plus-one equals a complete outfit.

Stay with me.

On its own, the Moskito Kakoon hammock hit the market and earned a great reputation for its innovation, design and value. Better than its predecessor — the Moskito Traveller — with its flexible fiberglass spreader bars for the fine mesh netting, elastic tabs for the guy line and triple stitching, it was lauded as a roomy single-sized camping hammock built to last over the long haul.

This spring, we’ve debuted a new camping tarp, the Traveller Rain Fly. It’s lightweight, features a hexagonal cat-cut design, and employs reinforced corners. Including aluminum anchor pins and an ample amount of rope for adjustability in any conditions, it comes completely ready to use without the need to purchase any additional equipment.

Put together as a pair, the Moskito Kakoon and the Traveller Rain Fly are better and more mobile than any tent setup — at a fraction of the cost. The combined weight is less than 4 pounds, and the two items pack small enough to fit into a backpack.

You’ll be dry, outside in the fresh air, completely protected from insects and with enough space below the hanging hammock to store any items that need to stay dry.

Whether it’s for a camping trip with the family, a long hiking expedition or just a few nights out in your backyard, the Moskito Kakoon and Traveller Rain Fly add up.

In this case, the math makes perfect sense.

— TB

MAILBAG: Answering 3 Burning Questions, Vol. 2

mailbox_05You’re asking, and we’re answering. (Again.)

In the latest installment of the semi-regular, often-imitated and never duplicated segment of The Mailbag, we’re back answering three of the most burning questions you have. We have a diverse line of products — from hammocks and hanging chairs to bird homes and folding cots, from lightweight gear to wooden folding furniture.

Coming off one of the busiest summers in our 130-year history here at Byer (THANK YOU for all of your support!), we remain committed to our goal of unparalleled customer service and support. So, without further ado, off to the mailbag…

What’s the difference between a Brazilian hammock and a Brazilian-style one?

On the surface, not a whole heck of a lot. A Brazilian-style hammock is a traditional hammock without a wooden spreader bar at either end — a gentle, U-shaped hammock that flattens out naturally when you lie diagonally across its width. Continue reading