January 22, 2017, 04:22:18 PM

Author Topic: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)  (Read 19137 times)

Offline Machine

  • Moderator Admin
  • Survivalist
  • *********
  • Posts: 2270
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #60 on: May 05, 2008, 09:27:13 PM »
I honestly don't know anything about plants in Washington.  But what I find is instead of looking for a specific plant, I look for characteristics.  I look for plants that are stringy and fiberous.  I have learned more plants that way. 
Campfire Chat ADVICE: PLEASE refrain from extended discussion that pertains to topics posted in other forums. Discussion of those specific topics should be posted in their respective topic threads so all members can see, and for later reference. Replies breaking this rule will be copied or moved. Lets not turn this forum in a simple chatroom.

Offline Watcherofthewoods

  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 11586
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #61 on: September 27, 2008, 05:18:18 PM »
Just made a bit or cordage out of some nettles, works well.
Complain less, breathe more.

It isn't until man is quiet that nature will speak.

In the silence and solitude of the night is when you truely find yourself.

Offline mistwalker

  • Raconteur
  • Administrator
  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 6217
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #62 on: September 27, 2008, 05:56:50 PM »
Can't believe I missed this, great thread
 
Not all who wander are lost
 

Offline survivorgirl

  • Special Mod
  • Survivorman
  • ******
  • Posts: 7035
  • out hiking
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #63 on: September 27, 2008, 08:13:00 PM »
ok what are nettles.  wacky078.gif
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.-henry David Thoreau

Offline mistwalker

  • Raconteur
  • Administrator
  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 6217
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #64 on: September 27, 2008, 08:19:51 PM »
ok what are nettles.  wacky078.gif

Most people call them needles I suppose but they are the green parts of a pine, spruce, fir, or cedar tree, the leaves so to speak.
 
Not all who wander are lost
 

Offline Swede

  • OWNER
  • Administrator
  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 21852
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #65 on: September 27, 2008, 08:56:44 PM »
I hope the war on terror goes better then the war on drugs and the war on poverty
If you dont care where you are your never lost
Im a survivor not a victim
Its not who I am but what I do that defines me.

Offline mistwalker

  • Raconteur
  • Administrator
  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 6217
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #66 on: September 27, 2008, 09:23:58 PM »
Boy, was I wrong.....,wow...,I think I'd rather make cordage from something else that sounds painfull
 
Not all who wander are lost
 

Offline Watcherofthewoods

  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 11586
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #67 on: September 28, 2008, 12:17:05 PM »
Not hard to work with at all, wait for the stalk to die naturally, and the leaves fall off, or chop off the leaves, and carry the stalk wrapped in a leaf.  Then let it dry for a week, mash and make, really easy.
Complain less, breathe more.

It isn't until man is quiet that nature will speak.

In the silence and solitude of the night is when you truely find yourself.

Offline mcgyver1467

  • South Carolina
  • Tenderfoot
  • *
  • Posts: 44
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #68 on: May 03, 2009, 01:15:06 PM »
Thanks for the post. The only cordage I've ever made was from tree bark. It works pretty good, but to make it strong enough to do what I needed it was very thick. I am from South Carolina, and milkweed is abundant here.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

Offline Swede

  • OWNER
  • Administrator
  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 21852
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #69 on: May 03, 2009, 01:37:46 PM »
Ive used willow bark. It peels off fairly easy and while it was still green or wet I braided it. It works but dries out fast and loses a lot of strength.
I hope the war on terror goes better then the war on drugs and the war on poverty
If you dont care where you are your never lost
Im a survivor not a victim
Its not who I am but what I do that defines me.

Offline Holly

  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 11533
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #70 on: May 24, 2009, 10:17:52 AM »
With my luck, I'd make cordage out of poison ivy vines...:P
"Wherever you go, go with all of your heart." ~ Confucius

Offline Rockhounder

  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 7129
  • Corduroy pillows are making headlines!
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #71 on: May 24, 2009, 11:04:02 AM »
With my luck, I'd make cordage out of poison ivy vines...:P

It's not your "luck" baby, it's your masochistic nature....  :naughty: :woot:
SARCHASM: (n.) The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

Offline Holly

  • Survivorman
  • *********
  • Posts: 11533
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #72 on: May 25, 2009, 06:05:19 PM »
Who, me?  :angel:
"Wherever you go, go with all of your heart." ~ Confucius

Offline Snow Walker

  • Administrator
  • Scout
  • *********
  • Posts: 464
  • "The gaze of the wolf reaches into our soul."
Re: Natural cordage tutorial (picture heavy)
« Reply #73 on: July 05, 2011, 08:53:13 PM »
Awesome thread and great pictures to go along with your explanations!
"For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."   Rudyard Kipling

When the last deer disappears into the morning mist,
When the last elk vanishes from the hills,
When the last buffalo falls from the plains,
I will hunt mice.
For I am a hunter and I must have my freedom.

Chief Joseph
Nez Perce Tribe