Digging for treasure

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  1. notoiletpaperinthewoods

    notoiletpaperinthewoods Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Today I set out to create natural cordage for the Advanced portion of Bushclass. I have probably made maybe seven inches of cordage out of Yucca before, so this was really my first time emersing myself in this.

    It's funny, and this has been screaming at me since digging in the dirt this morning. There is something about making cordage that is at odds against our society. What I mean is I felt strangely awkward probing the dirt with a stick for roots. I kept telling myself, "hey if somebody happened by..."

    I also have to share that once I began to search it became easier and easier. Before I knew it I had tossed the stick aside in favor of my hands. Once I struck that first roughly ten foot root I was hooked! I felt liberated a little bit, like learning how to ride a bike or something. Anyways, I took plenty of pictures and it was a successful outing for Bushclass. Still need to do the braided cordage, but it turns out Sweetgum and Yellow Pine roots are a little hard to manipulate; so I'm probably going to try something different for the next one. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the pictures!

    And thanks @venmm73 for the Kukri! And thank you @NWPrimate for the tips on where to look for cordage in the winter time!

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  2. notoiletpaperinthewoods

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    MrFixIt Old Jarhead Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Turn in your bushcraft card. You were supposed to eat the worm.

    :eek:
     
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    I have found sitting and twisting up cordage to be my version of knitting to relax.

    I have a old flat that red bull 12 oz cans came on and I use that as my lap work table.

    I can make some curls on a stick, sharpen a knife on it and keep cordage makings there all in one place.

    Keep a shop rag or something to drape over it when ya set it to the side so is doesn't end up spilled all over the floor if a careless bump happens, etc.

    Oh, i came into some rug yarn from a rug plant near me, and I have some that looks like loose black horse hair. I twist that up to make about 20 yards of that line and use it with a crappie rod or fly rod for my poor boy version of tenkara. I will just tie on a bit of leader, tie on a nice worm hook and slip on a worm and then flip it over bream beds and as the worm slowly sinks I just lift out bream until I have a nice mess for an evening fish fry.

    Mostly we have impoundments, small farm ponds and back waters to work with so not so much near by streams for traditional fly fishing.

    Oh if ya like small frogs or poppers in early mornings wading and ya can get some fun large mouth bass action going, or sometimes other fish.
     
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    Great post thanks for sharing. I'm glad you're getting use out of that blade. Looks like you had a great time.
     
  8. notoiletpaperinthewoods

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    xD You almost made steak come out of my nose with that one! Not even kidding!
     
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    :18:
     
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    Awesome as usual buddy! :dblthumb:
     
  11. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter

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    Yeah, mother Earth offered up a snack to you! :)

    Very well done!
     
  12. CivilizationDropout

    CivilizationDropout -MOA #17- Supporter Bushclass I

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    Well done!!

    Get those jokers out of here, everyone knows worms are out of season!!
     

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