The idea of Penobscot Bay Porch Swings was first conceived of in May 2001 on a sparkling spring day while on the porch of a classic Maine summer cottage. While chaperoning a 4th Grade field trip I spotted a traditional sailorís hammock tattered torn and piled high with rambunctious students enjoying a day away from the classroom. It was by far the most sought after seat on the porch, both by adults and children, and the idea of recreating this beautiful classic was born.
This style of porch swing/hammock was very popular at the turn of the century and could be found hanging from covered porches on camps, summer cottages and cabins all over New England. The original hammocks were made from heavy canvas, cotton rope and used a metal bedspring for the base. When summer houses overflowed with friends and family escaping the heat the hammocks were often used for an extra bed. It soon became the favorite spot for an afternoon nap with a good book.
In 2004 I took the plunge and attended the Marine Canvas Training Institute in order to learn about marine materials and fabrication techniques. I wanted to offer contemporary colors and fabrics yet still maintain the incredible comfort and the classic design of the original. By January of 2005 the hammocks were ready for their debut and the response was enthusiastic, both from people who had memories of older swings as well as those who were seeing the design for the first time. The combination of a timeless design with modern colors and fabrics was a hit.
I hope that you love these hammocks as much as we enjoy making them for you. Please feel free to contact us for more information or to place an order.
Sarah G. Bloy,
Penobscot Bay Porch Swings
| Pine Island Camp, Belgrade Lakes, Maine, 1911
A classic from the 1930's