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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Doubling Dogbane Indian Hemp Cordage (Part 3/3)

If you want something a little thicker and stronger, you can reverse wrap again. In the last video, I showed the reverse wrap of cordage. We said to roll the top strands forward or clockwise then bottom one would wrap counter clockwise.

This time we are going to reverse the process. We need to do this in order to tighten the twist that we already made. Take the bottom strand and twist towards you counter clockwise and then wrap the top clockwise.

This cordage can be used for a variety of purposes like a bow string, fishing line, fishing nets, etc. I've used it for a tripod lashing for a tripod in our garden and repair the laces in a moccasin that broke.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

How to make natural Dogbane Indian Hemp Cordage (Part 2/3)

To make the cordage, you need to buff the bark off of the fibers. This can be easily be done by rolling the strand on you leg. The outer bark breaks and flakes off leaving you with the fibers remaining.

After buffing the fibers, you are ready to start creating the cordage. The basic twining method demonstrated here is called the reverse wrap method.

The reverse twist starts with kinking the strand in a half by twisting in a clockwise direction with you right hand. This forms a loop.

Next, you start your reverse rolling by grabbing the top stain and twisting it away from you or clockwise then grabbing the bottom string and wrap it counter clockwise until the bottom strand is on the top. The process continues until you have a rope.

You can make it longer cord by splicing in additional strands.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Collecting and Preparing Dogbane Indian Hemp for Cordage (Part 1/3)

I made a really cool discovery in my backyard. I just found a plant called dogbane or indian hemp. It's great for making cordage. The dogbane can be identified by the deep red woody stalks and the slender pods that contain downy like seeds.

To prepare the Indian Hemp to make cordage.
First, crush the stem into four sections. Then, pull it apart into the four sections and line up flat. Pull the fibers back over index finder then break the woody stems into sections and remove from the fibers.

Once you get the long ribbon of fiber, the fibers need to be buffed. You buff them by rolling them on your leg. This will break away the red bark and leave you with the fibers