What's your go to natural cordage?

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What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby metalaaron1 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:18 pm

If you had nothing in your bag and didn't have laces on your shoes how would you gather cordage?

I realize this may be a stupid question. I looked pretty far back through the posts on this forum and didn't see anything on the subject.

I'm just curious as to what some of the more experienced people would do.


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Re: What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby BigJesse » Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:59 pm

Yucca, easily. I'm experienced in processing it and it's tensile strength is great. Plus it's readily available here. A close second is obviously sinew.
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Re: What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby metalaaron1 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:24 pm

Hey Big Jesse! Do you teach?


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Re: What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby Wildcat » Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:27 pm

yucca.


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Re: What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby BigJesse » Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:19 pm

metalaaron1 wrote:Hey Big Jesse! Do you teach?


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Never thought about it but yeah, I guess I could.
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Re: What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby Heliux » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:20 am

I use short leaf yucca due to it's prevalence on the ranch I work at, though longer leaves are going to make for less work because you don't have to splice it as often. Some varieties of species/plants are going to have better tensile/draw strength due to the strength of the fibers. Try to avoid leaves with brown spots because they'll make your strands shorter/break.

-cut with flakes left over from flint-knapping projects. Important to only take a few leaves off of the same plant for sustainability; don't over prune.
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-soaked in the creek (with poverty weed for a separate basket-siv project)
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-rolled up on a stick for a spool for quick carry use/so I can increase the length:
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-experimented with how much I cleaned the pulp off of the strands More pulp processing; thicker cordage strands. Less pulp; thinner line (fishing) Suspect the pulp rots over time reducing the strength of the rope. Going to try Blue Agave for cordage/rope next, I think I remember a friend telling me vaqueros used that to make rope in Mexico; don't quote me on it! ;P
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Re: What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby BigJesse » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:17 am

Great info Heliux. I've done my fair share of yucca cord projects. Never a basket though.
I have made cordage for a bow drill with it once. I had about 2 trys before it gave out.


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Re: What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby saustin1967 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:09 pm

Tarred Bank Line...

But, yeah, we don't have those fancy stringy leaf plants over her in the piney woods.
Have not played around with making natural cordage, around here.
Pine root, or some sort of inner bark cordage. Lots of viney plants in this neck of the woods.
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Re: What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby YoungBlacksmith » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:56 pm

Blackberry vines are our resource Scott. I think you can pound them into decent cordage fibers. I haven't done it, but have plenty of vines around.
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Re: What's your go to natural cordage?

Postby BigJesse » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:26 pm

Also sassafras roots make great cordage.

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