Amazing Camp / Hammock Chair –  DIY Bushcraft Chair From Econo Challenge
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Amazing Camp / Hammock Chair – DIY Bushcraft Chair From Econo Challenge

[up lifting music plays] One of the things we like to do as part of
the Econo Challenge is challenge each other with camp craft
projects. And this one happens to be my favourite. It’s a reclining deck chair in the wilderness. And I’m going to show you how ah to make
this. But it’s very important to point out that
all of our projects are always made with DEAD WOOD scavenged
form the woods. Never. And I mean never cut live wood unless
you are in an emergency situation. OK? So here’s how you make this reclining deck
chair in the wilderness. The first thing you need to do is you need
to make an “A” frame. Cut three pieces of wood above your own head.
OK? That way we can keep the measurements proportional
to you. You want to tie off the one end. Set up your “A” frame. And then, of course, you need the seat. The seat can be made out of a sac. Um. A coffee sac would be a good choice. I have made this out of nylon because, of
course, I would like it to be lite and portable. And you find one more piece of wood to slide
through the bottom of your seat. And then you simply hang it off of your “A”
frame. What do you think of the chair? It’s Amazing. It’s so comfortable on your
back. Well supported. Very sturdy and ah after being on your
feet all day out hear, well received. So what you have when you are all done is
a comfortable deck chair in the wilderness. Ah that’s just beautiful. Feels good.


  • EconoChallenge

    Please send me a private message on the channel site and I will arrange to send you an Amazing Wilderness Camp Chair. In the mean time I have to look and see why that is not obvious from the video. Something must be wrong.

  • EconoChallenge

    If you interact with other channels long enough you are bound to irritate someone. The ATV community might be a source for some of the dislikes 😉

  • Lori Noyes

    It appears you have sewn the bottom of the sack where you slid the piece of wood through (the bottom of the seat). Is that correct? So that would be something you need to do before you try this? Just trying to determine whether would make a difference or not.

  • EconoChallenge

    If you try this with a sac. Like a coffee sac. You only need to cut two holes in the side of the bag at the bottom to allow the cross bar to slide through the sac. The nylon chair in the video has two tubes sewn in the top and bottom. One for the cross bar and one for the suspension. Does that help?

  • 450rhino1

    OK. I watched the videos, love the chair, tried to send you a message, which didn't get through. Where can i buy one of these? I am in Nova Scotia Canada. I would love to sell them here for you.

  • rabidgnome1

    do u think this could be done with plastic , i carry a sheat of plastic for ground cover….i know ill try it out , but i think yalls ideas on it might helpm alot

  • EconoChallenge

    Ok. If you are going to try plastic, then you will need to use duct tape to form the tubes at the end. The most stress is on the bottom seam. I would try strips of duct tape from the bottom seam to the top seam to help spread the stress. It just might work. I don't know how many hangs you will get out of it.

  • EconoChallenge

    We lost an area we love to hike to the chain saw few years back. It is devastating to see what they leave behind. But if they stop how would we wipe are butts?

  • EconoChallenge

    The saw is a Coghlans Sierra Saw. Cuts in both directions. A very good saw but not very durable. The blades are flimsy and will break if you are not careful.

  • EconoChallenge

    I am very happy you found it. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised at how comfy you can make these!

  • dredfunn

    I'm not a nature kind of guy, more of a city boy but i am interested in woodlands and forrest. I do alot of illustration work and much of what im working on right now involves scenes of wilderness. I saw the video and I gotta say that chair is damn wicked. Even though I don't personally go out into woods i will pass on the vid to those i know who do.

  • EconoChallenge

    Yup all dead. It is a theme with our channel now. All the shelter projects based on this basic design are all made from dead wood. Sometimes you have to do a little hiking to get what you need. Check out the camp cot project.

  • Brock Samson

    Oh yeah, tons of them and a family of Raccoons. When the tree fell it took down about 4 more small trees, is that ok?

  • EconoChallenge

    Us the four other small trees to make a second chair! Raccoons are very resourceful. They will get set up in another location soon enough. Perhaps your tent. LOL

  • Robert The Very Angry Maker

    poor video to be honest the reason being is that you made no reference as to how you lashed the a-frame/tripod together such as knots used and sniching etc, if more time was spent on how to actual do what the video was about than pointless jumping vehicles with no signs across them, it might actually serve a purpose!

  • EconoChallenge

    You make some good points. We do have plans to post an updated video with even more tips and tricks on how to use the chair.

  • Zac L.

    really really good idea, they guy complaining about not showing the knots/ stitching used is a dumbass. even if you don't know basic knots and stitches it isn't hard to run a search…

  • frank caan

    "One of the things we do as part of the econo-challenge is challenge each other…copy someone else's idea and claim it as our own." Shameless ripoffs.

  • EconoChallenge

    I make two different models now. The regular chair and the ultra-lite similar to the one in this video. I would recommend the regular chair as it is more durable made from rip stop nylon. The rest of the chair would be up to you. I know I put together a camp cot this summer that was build with two chairs and it held more than 500 lbs. Three of us sat on it like a couch. The ultra-lite nylon held up no problem.

  • EconoChallenge

    This is the first video we ever made about the chair. If I set it up as I do now the front support legs would be further apart. This allows me to get my shoulders between the front supports and walla … arm rests.

  • karen holman

    i love going in the woods with my dog. . but as stroke survivor i only have use in one arm makes it impossible to sew etc,. would u b interested in making me one swend to me in canaDA? will pay if u let me know the cost….or where can i buy/order one? ty karen and chloe

  • EconoChallenge

    Survival situations are for those who fail to plan and prepare. We are all about being comfortable in the wild with the least amount of kit. A concept that evolves and changes over time as we learn new skills. If I am ever in a survival situation you can be sure I have made a mistake.

  • EconoChallenge

    Also true. Many of the road we travel were originally laid out by lumber and mining companies. I don`t like the impact either activity has on the natural world but I do appreciate the work they did opening up pathways to the wild. I do drive many KM to reach the edge of the wilderness. But when I get there the car is parked and stays parked until I return … on foot. You have to find your own balance … I am still learning where that is for me.

  • Spirited Amore

    That is the best wilderness chair I have seen yet and no you would not have to spend much energy building it. The cloth would add very little to weight carried and if you were using a sack that sack could of course be used to also cary stuuf in. Who says one has to be miserable in a survival situation. None sense.

  • EconoChallenge

    The very first chair was made from a coffee bean sac I obtained from a local fair trade coffee shop. It makes an excellent chair and will also work as a hammock chair. Great way to try out the idea but heavy and if it gets wet … wow is it heavy. If you would like a nylon version, just 86 grams, then send us a message on the channel. We make them and would love to send you one.

  • Phantomshttersucksatlife

    Hi great videos and I love your outside the box easy designs! What fabric exactly did you use for this chair and how much would it be for you to send me one? Thanks so much! (I am also interested in the amazing cot)

  • EconoChallenge

    The fabric used to make the chair in this video is 100 % rip stop nylon. We still use this material to make the original AWCC. Now we are also make the chair out of 100% nylon taffeta. Similar to wind breaker jacket material or splash pants. The camp cot is made from the same nylon taffeta. Light and strong but not quit as durable as the rip stop. I make and sell both. Send me an email to econochallenge at

  • EconoChallenge

    Yes I did. This is now called the Amazing Wilderness Camp / Hammock chair and comes with an integrated stuff sac. Just 86 grams of comfort in the wild.

  • Ian & Teresa Skelley

    Love your camp chair….Would you be willing to share the dimensions of the fabric? I would love to make one myself. Thank you.

  • EconoChallenge

    We are funny (ha ha). Thanks for the kind words. Checked out a few of your vids and really enjoyed your playing. That is something I carry with me but have not played on video yet. Love the sound in the wild.

  • dooob69

    Never use live wood??
    Dead wood is easy to collect for sure but come on man….trillions of trees on the planet and they grow back….it a renewable source.
    I had a friend one time get mad at me because I took a bit of birch bark for fire…..I was like….fuck off,we are surrounded by them,if you want to be a hippy…go find a protest.
    He got my point,I hope you do too….its survival,not politically correct activism.

    I do thank you for the video…don't take it the wrong way

  • dooob69

    Why i think this video is important is this.
    Camp for a few days in the woods sitting on logs…after a few days,the back starts feeling it.
    My friends bring store bought stuff….this is a real way to do it if you can…even if you don't have the blue thing,you can use wood for that as well and a backrest is a backrest and helps ALOT.

  • Steven Woodward

    sorry to be picky but I want to get it right the first time.   You say the nylon sling is 28 X 40 or 72 cm X 102 cm, is that the dimension after you have done the sewing or before sewing?  thanks great invention and great video.

  • TBaker1964

    This set-up actually works! I made one for my wife last weekend and she loved it, she couldn't believe how comfortable it was. I used a modified extra long pillow case for the one I made, rip a small hole four inches up from the sewed end, poke a series of holes along the top, thread through some 550 cord, tie it off.

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