Research Project Proposal
Area of interest:
· Speculative design for how to help hammocks not hurt trees
· Creating an instruction guide on how to use the product
· Possibly create an ASPCA style commercial for trees
· After researching the potential harm that trees can face from hammock ropes, I would like to test some straps and different methods of preventing friction to the trees. After choosing the best one, I will then create an instructional guide on how to best prevent damage to trees on campus, and possibly even make a satirical commercial for the product I create.
· Trees are being damaged due to people being uneducated about the types of straps and trees that should be using to hang their hammocks from. Research on multiple websites has shown me that the number one reason why trees are harmed is friction, thus I will research friction preventing materials and test them using my hammock somehow. I will also document examples of trees being harmed around campus and create an instructional guide on how to better hang your hammock and possibly use the product I create in the guide. Lastly, I may also create a short commercial bringing attention to the threats trees are facing in order to raise awareness about the issue.
1. University in Missouri is cutting back on hammocking areas due to how hammocks can damage the trees that are protected in the area.
a. “University enforces restricted use of hammocks on campus.” UWIRE Text, 12 Apr. 2017, p.1. General OneFule, http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.lib.uwf.edu/ps/i.do?p=ITOF&u=pens49866&id=GALE%7CA489320129&v=2.1&it=r&sid=ebsco
2. Wide straps are good for short periods of time, but can still be damaging due to friction.
a. “Tree Safety - Alternative Hanging Methods for Hammocks.” Serenity Health, www.serenityhealth.com/articles/do-hammocks-harm-trees/.
3. Also important to pick the correct kind of tree and not use ones that are too small because they can be more easily damaged.
a. “Tips for Protecting Trees from Hammock Harm.” Barts Tree Service, 6 June 2017, bartstreeservice.com/protect-trees-hammock-harm/.
4. Even 1inch straps have been found to harm trees, but smaller cords are especially harmful
a. “Thread: Tree Damage.” Hammock Forums Hammocks and Hammock Camping Elevate Your Perspective RSS, www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/59601-Tree-Damage.
5. You can use a rubber garden border to help protect the tree, or other rubber products that prevent friction.
a. “Homesteady | How Can I Hang a Hammock Without Harming the Tree?” HomeSteady | The Ultimate Guide for All Your Household Needs., homesteady.com/how-8322516-can-hang-hammock-harming-tree.html.
Location for fieldwork:
· Side road by Pace Hall and around the art building trees where hammocks are often seen
Kinds of information I will gather in the field:
· Pictures of the tree injuries
· An interview from someone who uses a hammock
· The hammocks used on campus
· Types of trees on campus
Final project type, materials, size, etc.:
· A sort of product or sketch design
· Instruction booklet for how to use the product
· A possible commercial for the product