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Handmade Cedar Wood Rope Swing
Handcrafted swing by Dzierlenga F+U exclusively for KM. Made from local cedar in upstate NY. Please allow ten days for delivery. It can be personalized with initials, name or secret message. Ships free. (more info)
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Reminiscent of a breadboard, this is your traditional tree swing. It’s made from sustainably-harvested cedar, a wood that’s excellent at standing up to the elements. By design, much of the end grain of the wood is covered to prevent soaking up too much water.
“Tree swings are cool because they are at home in a natural setting, so you are freed from the ghoulish metal framing of the traditional playground set-up,” says Casey Dzierlenga, the swing’s creator.
Casey is originally from North Carolina, but lives in upstate New York, and makes sustainable furniture under the name Dzierlenga F+U. All swings are made to order. Please allow ten days for delivery.
Going gray is a natural part of life – for swings too. Expect to see the swing take on a silvery tint over time, and to see small cracks. But don’t worry, they won’t affect the structural integrity of the swing. To help preserve it, rub in a coat of tung oil every so often, and take it inside over the winter.
As for hanging it, well, this part’s up to you. We can give you tips (in the next paragraph), but let us be blunt about this: We’re not liable for how and where you choose to hang the swing, nor if the swing is being used in a careless manner. Buy purchasing this swing, you’re agreeing that you are responsible for how the swing is hung, inspected, and any other risks associated with its use.
So now, onto the advice...
Look for a tree branch that’s sturdy and living. Make sure it’s high enough off the ground. Once you’ve selected a branch, tie the rope to it (a rolling hitch knot is supposed to be the best). Tie the swing to the rope at the desired height, and repeat on the other side. (Rope not included.)
First, two pieces of cedar are glued together, and then the breadboard ends are cut, which is achieved by cutting the end tenons on the table saw, then cutting a precisely-matching mortise with a dado stack (or a bunch of saw blades used simultaneously). Next, it’s all glued together, holes are drilled for the rope, and an inset space between the two holes is cut on the underside to allow the rope to lie flat. Finally, it’s sanded, treated with tung oil, and threaded with rope tied in a hangman’s knot that’s been whipped at the ends for added security.
8.9” (22.5 cm) x 23.8” (60.5 cm) x 2” (5 cm)
cedar & rope
Upstate New York
Made to order. Please allow ten days for delivery. Extended rope for hanging not included.
Please read the following DISCLAIMER (sorry, but we’ve got to say it!):
Due to the nature of the equipment and the fact that we have no control over the use, positioning, or erecting of this swing, Dzierlenga F+U & Kaufmann Mercantile accepts no responsibility or liability for any injury or accident caused by this product whether directly or indirectly. It is the responsibility of the individual buying, installing, and using this swing to take the necessary precautions of checking the condition of the swing, rope, and knot, and of ensuring that the supporting branch is capable of supporting the load imposed. Swing at your own risk! By purchasing, hanging, and using this swing, you fully accept these terms and conditions, and are accepting full and unconditional responsibility for any consequences. If you do not accept full and unconditional responsibility for this swing, please return it to Kaufmann Mercantile/Dzierlenga F+U, and you will be refunded in full.
We love natural fiber rope! It’s responsible, sustainable, and it looks nice. That being said, natural fiber rope is more susceptible to the elements than man-made rope. It should not be exposed to excessive moisture, and should be closely monitored, and changed out from time to time.
Thanks, and happy swingin'!! ~ Your Friends at Dzierlenga F+U