River Cane Mat

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  1. Skab

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    thumbing through one of my favorite books (Wildwood Wisdom) Had seen this a few times, and even tried it on a smaller scale before. Figured what the hell.

    So the youngest and I headed to the river and gathered what we needed, we didn't stay long as it was 105 degrees!

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    Really pretty easy to do. I plan to make it long enough to lay on. I will update when I finish tomorrow.
     
  2. solocanoe

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    congrats to you, brother Skab!

    As you said, this one isn't a hard "do" but one that everyone could/should do at least once! It's pretty neat and the darn things last a long time too!

    We used to make them out of sugar cane (old family pics) in the 70's in Hawaii....and you know.... we used those things a lot for beach mats, picnic mats, etc....for years and years....my sister still has a couple of our old ones in TX she rolls out and uses with her kids now.

    Actually....I think you've inspired me, bro - I think I'll put this project on the list! (but maybe when the 100's are over! )
     
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    Well done! Great tutorial.
     
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    Awesome job Brother
     
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    Nice matwork and pics. Thanks!
     
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    That looks like a great book so I just ordered it from the giant bookstore in the air...
     
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    Nice mat. About how many canes do you think for a mat that size ?
     
  8. Skab

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    There are 115 pieces in the at the moment. But some of the longer canes provided two pieces.
     
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    It is a classic, and you will find it of great use, I think .
     
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    lookin good Skab. Youve got skills bro.
     
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    Cool!!
     
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    Really nice work.
     
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    Nice down to earth ingenuity and skills. You definitely are an inspiring do-it-yourself-er.
     
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    Very cool. I have wanted to try this myself. I see it is one of the things Cody has his students do in his class for the 9 day course. With my physical issues I really need an air mattress to sleep on but I wanted to try this to see if I could get by in an emergency.

    Now you just need to make it with natural cordage. :)
     
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    Very cool as allways, Keep us updated. Peace
     
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    Nice stuff Brother Skab :dblthumb:
     
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    Great work Skab!
     
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    Love seeing your projects.... Especially when the little bushcrafter is in tow. He's going to be quite the woodsman
     
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    Fantastic job! Thanks for sharing and the pics. I am inspired by your projects.
     
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    Looks good.
     
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    Dude, you walk the walk.
     
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    man, i've been wanting to make a cattail sleeping mat (from the leaves) but all my orginal plans kept failing. this looks like the ticket! thanks for sharing.
     
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    Good job!
     
  24. mischief

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    The old brown cover Boy Scout Field Book also has the instructions in the wilderness home chapter.

    Nice job :dblthumb::35:
     
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    Very cool!

    Scott
     
  26. Skab

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    That is what I had planned to do, use cattails. But, I didn't find any close to where we were that day, so the stand of cane was what I used.




    It also turns out my wife likes the look of it, and this one will get used for shade on the deck. And now she has put in an "order" for enough to go around the whole deck. We'll have to see about that!
     
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    I love it when someone takes it from the book all the way into practice. totally awesome.
     
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    How many per foot are you avg.?
     
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    Nice job! I just received a copy of that book myself. I have only thumbed through it though, can't wait to dig into it and start practicing some of the things shown inside.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  30. Skab

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    About 36 per foot, as I did them 3 to a group and that is close to an inch.
     
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    Very cool, I remember seeing that primitive "loom" in Wildwood Wisdom and thinking it was really clever. Cool project, love to try it myself sometime if I'm in an area with enough reeds or cattail to give it a shot.
     
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    That looks great. I bet you could make a nice portable hunting blind out of that. By the way, there is a tick on your ear. ;)
     
  33. Skab

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    No that would be a 7/16 piece of cocobolo wood. One in ther other ear as well. But, thanks for noticing.
     
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    Good job Skab! That's my favorite book.
     
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    Here is where it is at the moment! More to come as soon as I can get back down to the river to collect more cane.

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  36. cellis

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    We have a bunch of those used just for shade on both of our south facing balconies. Very common for shade here, you get them for a few dollars at home stores. Really cool project as usual Skab.
     
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    That's freakin' awesome, Skab! Well done!
    And I have a copy of that book! It's sooo good :)
     
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    i have done this with cattail, never with reeds... may have to try this :) hahahah Great Job Skab!!!!
     
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    Pretty cool. how long did it take?



    Oh and wheres the chicken stick?
     
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    Nice work, Skab; thanks for the post/tutorial.
     
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    really seems to work well.
     
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    What's that green stuff in the background of the latest pic? I think I've seen that stuff before, but it's been a long time and I can't quite remember........ Man, I'm ready for cooler weather.

    Nice work as always, Skab!
     
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    Thanks for bumping this @Medicine maker ! Really cool project, mats like that are super useful in the bush.
     
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    Kind of a tangent but is there any difference between the first and second edition of the book mentioned in the OP? Or was it just a re-issue?
     
  46. Skab

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    I have both. And no they are the same
     
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    Very useful indeed. This forum has so much great information.
     
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    Swweeet!:35:
     
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