Netting Needles

Aussie123

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Its only taken about 5 years, but I've finally made a couple of netting needles

I started with piece of wood from home, knowing I wanted to spend my time carving the needles, not selecting, cutting and splitting out the wood;
but I'll do the another time.

I must highly recommend everyone to make a netting needle (or two), Its a great challenge for your carving skills, and gets you ready to start some net making projects too.

I made these using only my carving knife, no drills or saws etc.

They are perfectly functional, and smooth, but I think I'll probably sand the a little to get a really nice finish.
If I'm going to make some nets, I think a really silky smooth product would be nicest to handle.


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There are no specific dimensions, so I followed Tony's (asemer's)instructions:

https://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showthread.php?9579-Simple-net-bag-tutorial&highlight=netting+needle
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/pineapple/netmaking-instructions-t551.html

I was surprised how narrow the needle was, so i decided to make the larger one too. The second needle was much quicker to carve, not only because it was bigger to work on, but I had a better idea what I was aiming for ... practice makes perfect !

I'll need to grab some suitable cordage for the net making phase ...


Stay tuned ... but it may another 5 years ....:_risata:
 

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I've tried making netting. I found a narrow needle worked well for me. Nice work by the way. Something I have always thought would be interesting to make. Be interesting to make your own cordage and make a net bag or something wirh it. I wait with eager anticipation.
Cheers
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I've tried making netting. I found a narrow needle worked well for me. Nice work by the way. Something I have always thought would be interesting to make. Be interesting to make your own cordage and make a net bag or something wirh it. I wait with eager anticipation.
Cheers
Bloffy
I'm not sure I have the patience for that much cordage ... but it would be great ...

It would be a real challenge to just get that much "quality" material to make the cordage out of, yet alone twist it up.
Most cordage I've made in any quantity has prob been too coarse to be useful.

The old "Bushmans Bootlaces" (Pimelea) is probably the best I've seen. The fine cordage remains strong and flexible.
 

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Another netting needle / shuttle.

This is a different style.

I started with a green stick and scraped, then peeled the bark:
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I whittled the stick down, still too thick:
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Then started to carve the notches:
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I ended up with a "H" shaped stick. Because it was green, I was able to pinch the legs of the H together. Once the stick dries, these should be set in place.
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The ends overlap to prevent the net loops betting caught when threading it:
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.... still no nets made ....
 

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Your netting needles are beautiful. The ones I have made are crude in comparison.
I have several very nice needles for which I traded nets that I have made.
Here are a couple of blacksmith made iron needles that I use to make small mesh nets (minnow nets)

 
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