Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bit the Bullet

Finally bit the bullet and bought a real web domain.

The DIY materials section is slowly expanding, and will continue to.  Let me know if there's something you'd like to see added.

More tarp accessories to come in the near future.  Guide lines, aluminum Y-stakes, etc.

Unfortunately, tarp production is at a stand still.  I have not been able to complete an off-site workshop yet, during this transitional time.  Stay tuned, and feel free to email me at info-AT-backwoodsdaydreamer-DOT-com if you'd like to be added to the contact list for when I can start taking Tarp orders again.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

If you've followed this blog, you're well aware that there's been nothing new for a very very very long time.  Just in case you've not been bumped over to the new site, here it is.  

Any new DIY posts will be done at the new site.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Winter Dream in Camo

Here's a few pics of a recent special order I was able to do.  Unfortunately, I have not found a consistent source of this material or anything comparable (the place I got this is completely out of it).  It's 1.1oz ripstop with a very thin waterproof coating - finished weight is actually less than silnylon. It's easy to find heavy camo ripstop, but ultralight stuff has been a rare find so far.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Four Season Cat-cut Tarp

Just wanted to post a couple pictures of the latest Four Season tarp. I was able to snap a few before mailing it out the other day - the lighting was bad in the AM, but you get the idea.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hex Tarp

Here are a few images of the Three Season Hex tarp.  This one is actually 1' wider on the outside edge than my stock model, and weighed in at 14.6oz with the stuff sack.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Website

Backwoods Daydreamer Tarps are beginning to take off, so I thought it was time for a better way to promote them.  Head on over to to check out the new format.  The site is still very much under construction, so check back often for updates.  The store is soon to be online and you will be able to pay with paypal right from the site (so long as it works properly).  You'll notice some changes in the tarp names, as well as some other things, like all tarps coming standard with D-rings now. is a free website (much like this).  I know it's not ideal, but I am using it for Backwoods Daydreamer Gear because I want to keep prices down as much as I possibly can.  Please let me know if there's something wrong on the site and if there is something you'd like to see added.

I'll continue to keep this blog active until I am satisfied with the new blog which will be on the new site.  That may take a while. 


Friday, October 2, 2009

Lows in the 40's

My Church held a Men's Advance (not a retreat, we ain't retreating from nuthin') last weekend out in western Maine up on Blueberry Mountain.  It was a fantastic weekend and I always enjoy Blueberry Mountain Bible Conference Center.  Bob and his wife who run the place are a couple of the best people in the world. 

View of Webb Lake, looking down the mountain from the Lodge.  It's like this every AM.

Three of us decided to spend Sat. night hammocking rathern than in the nice, toasty warm rooms.  The lows were supposed to be in the 40's with rain by early morning.  Since I"ve sold out of tarps I had to use my old, old DWR (Durable Water Repellant - a far cry from "waterproof").  It worked great, by the way. 

It was also an opportunity to test out my homemade underquilt.  Fourty isn't all that cold, but I'm an extremely cold sleeper so my gear has to be up to the task to give me a comfortable night.  Good news, I was snuggly warm all night - and slept way better than the previous night on a bunk bed (and much better than on my bed at home for that matter). 

The underquilt was basically free.  I had bought a really crappy sleeping bag for the zipper (it now separates the bugnet on my latest hammock).  I payed less for the whole bag than it costs to purchase just the zipper.  So I cut the bag in half, bound the cut edges and added some suspension lines - and had two underquilts.  They're nothing you'd want to take backpacking (2lbs apiece, and fairly bulky), but for $10.00 for the pair of them, I was pleased.