Made some natural cordage.

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Sorry for the bad pics... I recently got a book by Richard graves. It teaches about making cordage. I gave it a try over the weekend. Did the hand method of twisting in opposite directions until if forms a loop then twist and lay the two strands over each other.
I tried a few different materials. I managed to make two decent pieces of cord one is made out of redgum bark fibres, (the brown one). The green one is made out of blackberry vines... And it is surprisingly strong.
 

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Lovely work. The cordage looks very neat and even.
Did you join in additional lengths of fiber, or was it one long piece ?
 

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Very neat laying!
I think Bob Cooper suggested using oil or butter on the rope to help preserve it, but I might be mistaken. Someone here will know.
 

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Lovely work. The cordage looks very neat and even.
Did you join in additional lengths of fiber, or was it one long piece ?
yeah i joined in new lengths of fiber, But i tried to keep them as long as possible, The blackberry is a lot easier, because it is eay to find and gather long lengths, Process time is short too. All i do with the black berries is, Knock all the thorns off with my knife, and then bash it with a stick to seperate the timber inside with the outside fibers, then your right to go.
I am gunna give it another go, so i will see if i can get some pics during the process....
 

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Very neat laying!
I think Bob Cooper suggested using oil or butter on the rope to help preserve it, but I might be mistaken. Someone here will know.
Yeah i have heard oil works for natrual cordage, I was also gunna try rended animal fat, as it is easier to get in the forest.
 

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I was a bit bored today and tried some coastal sword sedge we have over the road. Got two metres out of one blade which surprised me! It's pretty thin but very flexible, will do a strength test on it when I get round to it.

You have to scrape the green outer layer off then it's easy to pull the fibres apart into even strips.


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Good work, Looks good, Nice and neat weave too.
I am planning to try a few different alternatives (once i can leave the house again)
 

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I was a bit bored today and tried some coastal sword sedge we have over the road. Got two metres out of one blade which surprised me! It's pretty thin but very flexible, will do a strength test on it when I get round to it.

You have to scrape the green outer layer off then it's easy to pull the fibres apart into even strips.
That looks really nice. Well done !
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Cheers, although the joins between fibres are definitely a weak point. Might make some more and then put multiple together
 

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Sorry for the bad pics... I recently got a book by Richard graves. It teaches about making cordage. I gave it a try over the weekend. Did the hand method of twisting in opposite directions until if forms a loop then twist and lay the two strands over each other.
I tried a few different materials. I managed to make two decent pieces of cord one is made out of redgum bark fibres, (the brown one). The green one is made out of blackberry vines... And it is surprisingly strong.
Really impressed with the redgum bark, I'll have go give it a go. I'm a big fan of lomandra but recently tried some local baretwig rush. the rush turned out to be like natures paracord. Once the outer green is removed the inner fibres seem to be separate and twist on each other easier. the cordage pic is approx 2mm. I made some last spring and the difference is noticable from making it after a dry summer to making it after winter. (winter better btw)

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Really impressed with the redgum bark, I'll have go give it a go. I'm a big fan of lomandra but recently tried some local baretwig rush. the rush turned out to be like natures paracord. Once the outer green is removed the inner fibres seem to be separate and twist on each other easier. the cordage pic is approx 2mm. I made some last spring and the difference is noticable from making it after a dry summer to making it after winter. (winter better btw)

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That looks great !

I haven't heard of Baumea juncea being used as cordage … I'm going to keep a look out for some to try myself
Thanks (y)
 

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Really impressed with the redgum bark, I'll have go give it a go. I'm a big fan of lomandra but recently tried some local baretwig rush. the rush turned out to be like natures paracord. Once the outer green is removed the inner fibres seem to be separate and twist on each other easier. the cordage pic is approx 2mm. I made some last spring and the difference is noticable from making it after a dry summer to making it after winter. (winter better btw)

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That looks good Timbo,
Red gum fibers are good because you can harvest very long strands, if you wet it before use it remains very strong, but i find it weakens as it drys, still makes for good cordage. The cordage i make from Blackberry vine (the green one) stay very strong and has a higher breaking strain.

I am interested to try rush, I have read good things.
 
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