I guess this counts as primitive...

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  1. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass I

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    Minus the feed sack that is :D

    A few months ago I had a conversation with @DavidJAFO about survival kits and scouting for garbage/other manmade stuff as soon as I find myself in a tough situation. I told him I thought that if I had nothing but a feed sack, I could make a framed backpack out of it. Here I am months later, finally getting around to trying it :8:

    It's not real pretty, and it's way too big for me, but it's there!

    Here's the feed sack:

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    And here are my sticks, taken from that oak tree on the ground in the background.

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    Cordage was the big thing to work on. There was still some of the string left on it, which I salvaged.

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    I also braided and 2-strand-twisted some of the plastic-ish strands that the bag was woven out of. If I was out surviving and didn't need a bag, I could get a good amount of cordage, just from the bag itself!

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    Practicing my lashings :)

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    And here it is done! Not pretty, of course, and if I had a lot of time, something besides vines would be better for straps. But these seem to work well enough.

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    Oh, and I made a no-tool rule for myself. I knew it would be nice to have a SAK, but it would be a cooler challenge without one :D Anyhoo, thanks for joining me! It doesn't really show in the pics, but I'm back in my camp from last winter that I thought the cows would destroy :)
     
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  2. SpookyPistolero

    SpookyPistolero Slow learner Lifetime Supporter Bushclass I

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    Great work! These are a lot of fun. I did the same this spring with a burlap sack. I still use it from time to time.
     
  3. JohnP

    JohnP No more half measures Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Oh heck, yeah. Good job. That looks like a real fun project.

    JohnP
     
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    Good use of skills and resources. Should work great.
     
  5. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Metaldog Just chasing my tail... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I don't call that primitive at all. It is innovative and resourceful! Great way to turn what most would dismiss as trash into something useful, @HannahT.

    This reminds me of a story they ran in our local news recently. A local elementary school collected thousands of plastic t-shirt bags that folks usually toss, and they wove the bags into sleeping mats for the homeless in our community.
    https://www.wthr.com/article/going-green-plastic-mats-homeless

    Since the school started this project we now have had other schools, churches, and even the university get involved. The project has began to branch out from sleeping mats, to sleeping bags, blankets, and even clothing now. All made from recyclable materials.

    https://hub.kelley.iupui.edu/blog/_...or-homeless-with-repurposed-plastic-bags.html

    https://www.wishtv.com/news/church-uses-plastic-bags-to-craft-sleeping-mats-for-homeless/

    :)
     
  7. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass I

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    Thanks all!

    @Metaldog I think some of the people in my county did that for awhile. It's a great project!
     
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    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    It counts young lass, good job. At my age if it was made yesterday, it's primitive. joe
     
  9. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass I

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    Good job and a really good exercise in thought and execution.
     
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    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass I

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    Thanks! Cordage-making is one of my favorite new skills :)
     
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    I hate throwing them out, they're useful for lots of stuff after you empty the feed. I use them for ground mats/cloths mostly, but they're easy to turn into other stuff. The 50lb ones make a nice 50 liter roll top pack sack. They can be cut into strips for shoulder straps or cord. With some duct tape they can be spliced together for all sorts of shelter. Of course, if you don't cut them, they make great garbage bags for the walk out clean-up.
     
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    With a knife as a tool, one can slice plastic drink bottles into long ribbons which can be braided into larger cords or ropes.
     
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    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass I

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    I can't stand throwing away feed sacks or grass string :)

    That's one I've never tried, but it's on my list :)
     
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