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    I turned a bunch of two-strand twisted cottonwood bark into 4-ply using the @Pict method.

    Original 2-ply...

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    It held up great as bow drill cordage.

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    Almost no noticeable wear.

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    I think that I found some stinging nettles. Is this the right stuff @NWPrimate ? There were only these 3 little guys on a whole stretch of the river, so I didn't want to kill them just for the sake of it.

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    There was a hitchhiker on one of them.
     
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    Good job being conscientious about what you harvest! Those don't look like nettles to me. I'm not sure what those are. My plant knowledge is very localized, but they kind of remind me of colt's foot (Petasites frigidus), but they don't look like an exact match.
     
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    .... and the search goes on! Thanks!
     
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    Cool video. Am I the only person that blows at tinder bundles on the computer screen? I can't help myself.
     
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    Thirty feet of strong rope from trailing blackberry vines.

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    MOST IMPRESSIVE!!!!!
     
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    @NWPrimate , did you get nailed by any thorns you missed while braiding that??
     
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    No, they come off pretty easily, especially when run through a pair of leather gloves once in each direction. I have made cordage from this stuff without gloves and it is a bit harder to be thorough knocking the spines off with a stick or shoe sole, so I've gotten stuck a few times going that route.
     
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    Great project with the braided brambles. I used to do that with thin vines in the jungle. I'd be curious how well it held up once it dried out.
     
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    Thanks @Pict ! I have used this stuff quite a bit and it holds up better than you might expect when it dries out. It shrinks a little, but braid seems to tighten itself up again pretty nicely when put under load. It does get a little more brittle, but soaking it in water brings back the flexibility if you need it for something like bow drill cordage.

    Long term, this stuff would likely rot away pretty quickly if left exposed to the elements, but for quick cordage it's great stuff.
     
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    We had a vine in Brazil locally called "grungunga" that was super rubbery when fresh and dried like hard like steel cable. They would use it for fixing fences and binding log bridges across creeks and ravines.
     
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    Pretty pink cedar root cordage.

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    Somehow I ended up with newspaper on my hands during some spare moments at work today (cough, @Primordial , cough) . I tried two two-ply attempts from memory, then re-looked up @Pict's great hand-twisting method (https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/a-different-method-of-making-cordage.196841/) to improve my efficiency. Then I tried out the three-ply twist, which ended up being a little more of an exercise in managing frustration than I expected.
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    Something I find interesting is that my from-rusty-memory twists were in the S direction, rather than the Z direction, so I may gain some personal efficiency by playing around with what direction I'm intentionally going in.
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    I had brief dreams of a bowdrill length newspaper cord when I started this practice session, but we'll have to see how much my patience holds out before I decide to char what I have. Newspaper is a weird material to twist: ideally my strips would be thinner than they are to avoid the effort of bunching them together for the twist, but as they get thinner, I need to be more and more careful about avoiding cross-material tears.
     
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    Impressive! And even more impressive is I'm pretty sure I think I see where you are going with this idea! If so...MIND BLOWN!:eek:
     
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    First time trying cottonwood roots for cordage. The river did the hard work and left them exposed, so I braided them up. They don't seem as strong as cedar roots, but I'd bet they still pass the bow drill test.

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    depends on if they stayed wet or not....I have found roots that weren't all the way buried and weren't any good at all; ones underground were excellent.
     
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    I hear the voice of experience talking. :) Great point Ken. I have tried using roots that were dead, exposed, and dried in the sun; and they are definitely much more brittle than living roots that I've dug soil.

    These ones were dead, but happened to be in low point in the riverbed that left them submerged and supple.

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    Made some Kudzu 3 braid cordage over the weekend. I'm really not sure why I dislike making it so much.. but I do..
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    Not bad to work with and makes some strong cordage!
     
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    That is a good use of those natural trip wires in the back area of my yard. I was wondering about softening them by using a rolling pin after thorn/spine removal.
     
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    Anyone utilize leather thongs?
     
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    Been working on cordage options this week. Yesterday I use stretch film to make a braid and use it to make a bow drill.
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    It was a 3 braid and held up well, possibility of maybe 2 uses.
    Today I tried a thin trash bag.
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    The trash bag was knotted on one end and slid in a split in the end of my bow. I then twisted the opposite end untill I reached the desired tension. The bag would grad it's self and tears off small pieces untill it finally reached the pull string and rock and rolled from there. The pieces of plastic scared me a little falling on and around the dust pile but didn't effect it any. Safe to say the stretch film worked better than the trash bag. Next in the list is to use a contractor bag which is a little harder plastic and see what kind of cordage can be made from that. Learning something new everyday
     
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    Has anyone tried Dog-strangling vine as bowdrill cordage? Big invasive here in ontario and seems like a pretty flexible and strong vine that grows in huge communities. No thorns to remove which is a plus. Also would produce a milkweed-like seed which would be great for tinder. Don't want to be spreading those seeds around though.
     
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    All of my earliest bowdrill attempts (around age 12-14) used leather thongs or rawhide. Really tough, works very well. I had lots of trouble using natural-fiber cordage until I learned about the Egyptian-style, low-tension bowdrill setup.
     
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    Had a chance to harvest some elm bark recently! Here is the before...

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    And some of the after

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    The smaller piece of cord is actually a little bit of dogbane. Elm bark was really fun to work with, a lot less of the mess that I associate with more herbaceous cordage materials.

    Also nice in that there was little to no processing needed. We really just pulled off strips of bark (outer bark, inner bark and all) and then just peeled inner bark from the big bits.

    The fun part in this was trying out a new (to me) method. I learned by holding the cord in a vise, as opposed to my left hand, so this was an experiment in using only my hands. Pretty pleased!
     
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    Nice work! Tricky to make thread-sized cord, like that little piece...:dblthumb:
     
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    Thanks @OrienM You turned me onto this method (by telling me to go youtube it essentially....duh! :16:) I've found I usually start smaller because I always seem to be able to increase the diameter of cord but decreasing is still a challenge.
     
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    I must be on a cordage kick. Here is three feet of dogbane cordage I made for a necklace for my sweetie on V-day. I'm very happy with how it turned out! I think it's my finest cordage yet.

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    On the left most strand you can see where one of my splices got a little "long jawed"

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    2 strand twist reverse wrap from the muka fibres extracted from flax.
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    Some strips of tyvek. Made really strong cordage!
     
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    I was excited to find another winter cordage option yesterday...

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    These are the old stalks from last years cleavers. (Galium aparine) . People call them bedstraw, goose grass, and a bunch of other names but it grows everywhere so you might recognize the plant while alive. It's the stuff that sticks to your skin with little hairs when you brush up against it.

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    The individual stalks aren't particularly strong, but they are flexible and really easy to gather.

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    The final product turned out great and stood up to the bow drill test without any noticeable damage.

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    It is nice knowing that there is another winter cordage option out there when the bark is hesitant to peel and the roots are covered in snow.
     
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    dogbane, mostly 2ply reverse wrap, there is one that is a 4 strand round braided.

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    10 feet of braided split cedar roots.

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    Made a bow drill set with braided yucca.
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    I never know what I am gonna find trekking around the Air Gunnery Range area of Camp Grayling. To include a disintegrating parachute from a 155mm illumination round, which I am sure was supposed to fall inside the impact zone fence. Anyway it was pretty far gone, I made a couple big haversacks from it for apple picking and have been experimenting twisting the scraps into cordage. 0503190855a_HDR.jpg
    Para-cordage?
     
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    Far from perfect but date palm cordage:

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    Still enjoying everyone's cordage projects.

    This was on the lazy improvising side of things, but it made me curious about getting better. I was working on a bow saw frame for a wire saw, and decided to improve cords for wrapping the ends from natural materials. I sliced some bark off of a thin branch, and grabbed the stalks of a few garlic mustard plants within my immediate work area.
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    I pretty haphazardly wrapped the bark and stalk around both my first, too-flexible frame and my second, stiffer frame. In doing so, I realized that it would have been more convenient to make both of these longer (by splicing multiple sections together) and also I didn't have a sense for a good method to wrap more fragile materials that would allow them to be tucked in tight. The wrapping on the end of the branch I was holding on the stiffer frame had fallen apart in about 2 minutes of sawing, but I had jammed the key ring tight into a slip, so the wraps were unnecessary for the saw to work.
     
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    Been messing around with the plant fibers for a few months now. Here are a few twists made from (top to bottom) dogbane, cottonwood, tulip poplar, and milkweed. They're all whipped with their respective fibers except milkweed, which is whipped with dogbane. Milkweed fiber surprised me, this was processed in February, after a long, reasonably cold winter with lots of precipitation, and it was still pretty strong and quite beautiful. I look forward to trying it fresh this year!

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    Made some yuca cordage yesterday
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    Then used kudzu today for bowdrill cordage. Thanks to @NWPrimate I tried and was successful.
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    It was just twisted outer bark, but it worked.
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    I recently had more adventures in the realm of "really lazy cordage", this time with yucca fibers, which are awesome.

    I started binding the corners of a leaf container with some dried grass stems that were within 3 feets of where I was working.
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    Then, I switched over to the yucca and made an expedient needle and thread to sew up the bottom panels and make some handles
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    I made another yucca needle and thread for a larger container later
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    The yucca needle and thread again worked fabulously (you just need to get a leaf blade with a sturdy enough tip and it works like a chunky but otherwise excellent sewing needle)
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    The only issue I had was when I tried to add new strands to an existing needle, and didn't quite get a secure splice, so I was not able to use the needle to pull through any non-attached strands,
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    and had to use it as an awl for one corner of the container.

    I also dropped a leaf into a bowl of water (with a little oil, to help control foaming due to the saponins) and put it in the microwave for 20 minutes to mimic part of the 2 hour "boil and scrape" method excellently described (here: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/boil-and-scrape-yucca-processing.217044/ ) by @OrienM (thank you for that thread!)
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    I haven't played with the resulting strands yet, but it's on the to do list!
     
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    Plastic bottle cordage
     
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    Made this horse hair cordage for my trap practice.
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    Worked well
     
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    Poplar bark 2 stranded reverse
     
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    Started fooling around with tulip poplar again. A few times over the past winter I found some inner bark that had naturally 'retted' and twisted them, but of course the exposure to the elements weakened the fibers significantly. A severe storm here a few weeks ago blew down a huge tulip poplar and I took a few branches and retted the bark for two weeks. The inner bark peeled off nicely and is quite strong, moreso than I expected from tulip poplar based on what I have seen, read and heard. I'm looking forward to giving this a twist in a few weeks when I have a little more time to do so.

    Innermost bark layer, also the strongest, peels away easily:

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    Some nice fibers ready to dry out and store for later use:

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