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April 21, 2016

Sluice Hammocks

Not satisfied with made-in-China hammocks, North Carolina’s Kemp Dunbar decided to design and make his own.

Founder & background: Dunbar graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in mechanical engineering and no cut and sew experience. After working several technical engineering design jobs as an independent contractor, he taught himself how to sew and was soon running industrial sewing machines out of his small downtown apartment in Raleigh. Dunbar has since moved the operation to a new commercial sewing facility in Raleigh.

The company: Sluice Hammocks started in 2014 in Raleigh, where the camping-style hammocks are designed, tested and manufactured.

The main goods: Handcrafted hammocks that can be setup in minutes by anyone, anywhere. The “single” size/color hammock is intended for one person. The jumbo “double” hammock can accommodate the whole family.

Materials: 100% nylon that has been texturized and laundered to give it a soft, cottony feel. The machine-washable material is resistant to mildew and rot.

What’s popular: The Infinity Single Hammock, available in six colors ($69.95), which comes with built-in buckles and no-fuss tree straps.

Other favoritesThe Infinity Straps Upgrade Kit ($24.95). The kit allows you to update any carabiner hammock to get infinite adjustability.

Make it your own: Add monograms, limited edition embellishments and private label branding. Custom hammocks have been popular with cub scouts and gift shops to craft breweries and wedding parties.

Where to buy: www.sluicehammocks.com. Use coupon code “HammockTownATL” to save 15 percent at checkout.

 

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