When we tell people about our hummingbird swings the most common reaction is usually disbelief. People just don’t picture hummingbirds as the ‘swinging’ type. And for good reason, with an impressive wing beat rate of up to 100 beats per second and speeds in excess of 25mph, hummingbirds appear to always be on the go. But what people don’t usually realize about hummingbirds is that they spend about 80% of their time sitting on twigs and other suitable perches, or in our case, swings!
And that was the realization Pop himself had years ago when he made his first swing! One day he was sitting in his yard enjoying the company of his hummingbird friends when he noticed one particular hummingbird retreat to a nearby twig after feeding. At this sight, an idea pop’ed (no pun intended) into his head. “I wonder if he would perch on a swing instead of that twig?” And the rest is history. The swing was a hit! Each day in between feedings the hummingbirds would stay and swing a little. Pretty soon there were more swings and there were more hummingbirds and then there were more neighbors asking for swings for their hummingbirds. And that’s where we come in.
We spent years trying to persuade our grandfather to sell his hit commodity, to which he modestly declined. After no luck, we took matters into our own hands. Hoping to defy our Papa’s disbelief, we set out on a mission to show him that other people would enjoy his creation too. We made some modifications to the original design and soon after began production. So there you have it. From our family to yours we hope you enjoy your hummingbird swing as much as we do.
In early 2010 William “Papa” Sloan was diagnosed with cancer. A percentage of all proceeds from Pop’s Hummingbird Swings will be donated to the American Cancer Society. We also encourage you to consider making a donation yourself if this is something that is on your heart. Donate Here