@OrienM 's thread on retting yucca got me thinking about sharing one of my summer projects...retting basswood bark to make bast for cordage. I thought about adding this to his thread, but thought it different enough that I didn't want to do a hostile takeover of his thread. So here we are. I'm teaching several programs again at this year's Uitwaaien Bushcraft Gathering. Creek Stewart was the big, keynote draw last year and did a fine job in both instructing and in drawing attention to this new event in a sleepy corner in central PA. But, since Creek won't be there this year and I was planning on teaching rope making anyway, I volunteered to teach the cordage making program as well. I first had to source the basswood, which was surprisingly simple. I just called upmthe locsl logging company, explained what I was doing, and they told me to come on down and take as much as I wanted. Now retting normally requires placing the bark into a pond or stream to promote decay of the stuff holding the plant fibers together, but I have neither a pond nor a stream. So I improvised with a garbage can full of water. I stuck this stuff into the water the second week of June and have been brewing it since then.