SUNCREAT - July 11 2022

#What We Create: Blaze Family

Blaze family, known as @ourfamilyadventures on Instagram with over 100,000 followers, loved and have traveled the world with many memories. We were excited to know their colorful experience and opinions about travel and outdoor activities!

Here's our interview:

Hi, we've followed you on social media, but please introduce yourself to everyone, especially new friends.

We are the Blaze family! I’m Tiffany, and my husband is Jacob. We have 3 kids: Taylor (23), Ocea (7), and Cedar (5). We typically travel 4-5 months of the year, but our home base is in Franklin, TN.

What countries and cities have you been to? Which place do you like best and why?

As of this month, we have been to 48 states with our two littles. We just took them to Minnesota, and we loved it so much we are already planning our next trip back. My husband and I have been to several countries individually, but we’ve taken the little ones to Canada, Iceland, and Mexico so far. We are dying to get them to Ireland because that’s been our absolute favorite.

What made you want to take a camera to record your life and post them on social media? 

I naturally love taking videos of my kids to have when they’re older. Combine that with a love of photography, and that’s how we ended up here. It’s also been really fun to share our story and remind others that it is possible to travel with kids. It’s actually super enjoyable!

What does outdoor life mean to you? What is the most memorable time you spent outdoors? 

We believe an outdoor life is a life well-lived. From the fresh air to the scenic views, it’s a perfect place for our children to explore God’s creation. I’d have to say one of our most memorable days would be the day we took a boat out on Lake Powell. I remember our whole family being in awe the entire time.

SUNCREAT - Sept 4th 2022

Understanding Cracks and Splits in Wooden Hammock Stands:  What You Need to Know

Wooden hammock stands are beloved additions to outdoor spaces, offering relaxation and charm. However, concerns about cracks and splits in wooden hammock stands occasionally trouble owners. In this article, we will explore these natural occurrences and what you need to know to address them effectively.

Cracks and Splits in Wooden Hammock Stands

Understanding the Causes:

Natural Process: Cracks and splits, also known as checks and splits, are inherent to wood as a natural material. They are part of the wood's maturation process.

Moisture and Temperature Fluctuations: Wooden products, including hammock stands, react to changes in moisture and temperature. Exposure to various weather conditions, such as rain, humidity, and sunlight, can cause wood to absorb moisture, expand, and then dry out, leading to shrinkage and eventual cracks.

Aging: Over time, as wooden hammock stands age, they can become more prone to cracks and splits. As the wood loses some of its moisture content, it can become more brittle, making it susceptible to developing small cracks.

Insect Infestations: Wood-boring insects, like termites and carpenter ants, can infiltrate the wood, weakening its structure and potentially leading to cracks. Regular inspections and preventive measures are crucial to combat these pests.

Preventive Measures:

Wood Selection: Choosing the right type of wood for your hammock stand can make a significant difference in its resilience. Hardwoods such as oak, cedar, and teak are naturally more resistant to moisture and insect damage than softwoods like pine.

Sealing and Finishing: Applying a protective sealant or finish to your wooden hammock stand can help shield it from moisture and UV rays. Regularly reapplying the sealant should be part of your maintenance routine.

Proper Installation: Ensuring that your hammock stand is correctly installed on level ground can reduce unnecessary stress on the wood, minimizing the risk of cracks and splits.

Maintenance and Repair:

Regular Inspections: Make it a habit to inspect your wooden hammock stand regularly. Look for signs of cracks, splits, or insect damage. Early detection can prevent these issues from worsening.

Sanding and Refinishing: Sanding the wood surface and refinishing it can help restore its appearance and protect it from further damage. Remove any loose or splintered wood before refinishing.

Sanding and Refinishing: Sanding the wood surface and refinishing it can help restore its appearance and protect it from further damage. Remove any loose or splintered wood before refinishing.

Filling and Patching: For small cracks and splits, you can use wood filler to repair the damage. Fillers come in various colors to match the wood's finish. After filling, sand and refinish the area.

Replacement: In cases where cracks and splits are extensive and compromise the structural integrity of the stand, it may be necessary to replace the affected parts or, in severe cases, the entire stand.

Hammock cover: It would be a good idea to buy a cover together with the wooden hammock stand. When the wooden stand is not used, cover it for preservation, which can extend the service life of the product and protect the stand better.

Cracks and splits in wooden hammock stands are natural occurrences resulting from the characteristics of wood and exposure to the elements. By understanding their causes and implementing preventive measures, you can prolong the lifespan of your wooden hammock stand. Regular inspections and appropriate maintenance allow you to address any issues promptly, ensuring that you can continue to enjoy the gentle sway of your hammock while preserving the natural beauty of your outdoor space. Remember that, in most cases, these cracks and splits do not compromise the strength, durability, or usability of your wooden hammock stand. If the crack is really serious and makes you feel uncomfortable, feel free to contact us and we will provide after-sales service.

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When was your last backyard makeover? What updates did you make?

We are actually working on that now since we recently moved. I love creating an inviting space that says, “Psst, it’s more fun out here than inside.” I want my family and friends to want to hang outdoors when they visit. 

What originally made you want a hammock? Why did you finally choose SUNCREAT?

I really enjoy snuggling up with the kids and reading books to them. We also love finding shapes and pictures in the clouds. It’s one of my favorite memories from my childhood, and I want to share that experience with them. I did some research on hammocks and loved the SUNCREAT’s reviews and styles. We are loving our hammock and so happy with our choice.

When do you find yourself using the hammock most often? Weekend or weekday? At your leisure or after a busy day? 

Our absolute favorite time to lie in the hammock is just before dinner time. I take each child out individually for a one-on-one, and we lie in in it searching the clouds and chatting about their favorite part of the day. They almost always say, “right now.”