Before he sent me that video I really didn't even know what a whoopie sling was. In case you don't know, a whoopie sling is used to attach a hammock to a connection point. Its benefits are the fact that it is light weight and adjustable. After watching the video, I told him I could get it done. Of course, life got in the way. Several business trips later though, I finally sat down and knocked this little project out.
As with most things, the thought of creating the whoopie sling ended up being much more difficult than it truly was. I made my first one in probably 20 minutes and the second one in less time. I could provide a tutorial, but really, just go check out this video by Matt Ukhammocks. I will say that his method is a bit fiddly, I actually ended up using a piece of wire to pull the ends through, but I think it may have had more to do with my bad taping job than anything else. No matter how you do it, removing a few strands from the end of the Amsteel cord was a tremendous help.
I paid $7 (US) for 25 feet of Amsteel Blue plus shipping. I probably should have looked around a bit more, I have a feeling shipping charges were a bit on the high side.for sure. The other materials I used were items that I already had at home, a pair of scissors, a pen to start my holes (as seen in the video) and some wire to help make the splices easier.
Trust me, you CAN make these. It takes a little bit of patience and some time, but it is very doable. Why pay $15-$20 for a set of these when you can make your own for a fraction of that cost? The slings made here are scalable. You can easily increase the length of the slings just by adding more cord. These are 6 foot whoopie slings.
Thanks for reading, go out and make something with your hands. You won't regret it.