Thanks mate its my pleasure. Good question, I know that certain synthetic fibres do have a strength difference when wet.....and it depends how wet it is, as in how saturated it is and the more saturated the weaker. I believe the weakening is to do with the fibres being able to bind tighter because they are lubricated and therefore having a tighter bend and therefore stressing the individual fibres more and breaking at a lower strength.Af you are doing a brillant job for us doing these tests.
I have one question regarding the tests and that is there a difference between these natural fibres being wet and dry.
My thoughts relate to say using it as fishing line break strength the main one that interests me is the Hibiscus
Hi mate, I haven't done any hootchie cord yet. I don't have any....I did some paracord (test #1) that worked well. If you wanted to make a set up of how you will rig it you can get it to me and we can test it. You can either send it to the address below or organize a meet sometime.....Hey Aussie just out of curiosity have done a test on Hootchie cord.only asking as IM making a hammock and was thinking about using braided Hootchie cord for my ropes
No worries, yeh I'm enjoying playing with cabbage palm, still in a very experimental stage. I reckon there is quite a bit of potential with the outer material above. It's really strong and rather flexible when it's not fully dry, bit of work and a knack to extract it but still doable. However it will still break if it's bent all they way over. Once dry I think it will be a bit brittle though... I reckon it would be great for make shift lashings and while it's green a very small strip of it is twistable into cordage. I reckon the strips might be usable somewhat like bamboo strips.Wow that cabbage palm looks like a great material to play with. I will be trying that on! Great information and brilliant work doing the tests well done!