Hammocks out on a porch in Recife, during Brazil's Carnaval, circa 2001

Hammocks out on a porch in Recife, during Brazil's Carnaval, circa 2001

     Skylark co-founders Seth and Jonathan are closing in on two decades of a friendship that started in high school, lasted through college (think Odd Couple Felix and Oscar and you’ve got the gist), and has continued into what most people refer to as adulthood. During all these years we took every opportunity we could to get outside, break the routine, and enjoy life, whether that meant skateboarding on a home-made halfpipe, kayaking the beautiful waterways of Virginia, or simply enjoying good conversation and some local craft beers by a crackling campfire.  We’ve also been fortunate enough to travel the world.  Seth went to Brazil where he learned to surf, ate a lot of seafood, and whiled away the hours daydreaming and playing guitar in Brazilian hammocks.  Jonathan lived the laid-back lifestyle in Barcelona where you can find the best skateboarding in the world and are never far from the mountains or the Mediterranean Sea.  

     After college we got married to two lovely ladies (incidentally also college roommates), settled down once again here in the Shenandoah Valley, and began our careers in social work to empower the people and families in our community.  There are little ones running around now, and many of our conversations revolve around the work of bettering our communities and the non-stop responsibilities of parenthood, but we keep coming back to freedom of our younger years.  How could we continue our fight for social justice but also reconnect with our wild-haired, carefree, scraped-knee adolescent selves?  It was during one of these late night conversations that we decided to launch a hammock and apparel company and donate a portion of all proceeds to local charities. 

 Racing a Laser at Thousand Islands, circa 2003

Racing a Laser at Thousand Islands, circa 2003

     An old nautical definition of “Skylarking” is to mischievously goof around in the rigging of a ship, much like the spirited flight and song of the skylark.  It is with this spirit that we proudly offer Skylark Hammocks and Apparel.  We hope you continue to make unshakeable commitments and pursue your passions relentlessly, while also taking time to relax and reconnect with the simple joys in life.  Some money goes to putting food on our table, some money goes to charities, and you get an awesome hammock.  

Thanks, Jonathan and Seth