To our great joy, there is now an alternative for tropical hardwood: PRESSED BAMBOO. Super strong, very durable and really fast growing. We want to apply this material to all of our hammock and hammock chair stands which make use of wood, and stop using tropical hardwood for our stands. One thing we find important for a hammock stand, is its carrying capacity. It should be able to handle heavier people, or two people at once, and it prevents accidents.