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Post by the barnacle on Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:29 pm

not sure if i posted this before but i made some netal string using flints.



http://youtu.be/8XuKmYQgB3c

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Post by grendel on Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:01 pm

I definately have to give it s go.

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:37 pm

It does look interesting to try. There is certainly is no shortage of nettles up here.Very Happy

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Post by skalla on Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:02 pm

sadly i cant view the vid as i am at work, but i have never tried this with nettles as woodsfolk i work with complained that the shortish fibres can make it a bit of a bind Laughing

however i have done it with willow bark, stripped of the outer layer and boiled with wood ash.. as long as you can squeeze plenty of water out as you twine it, it works a treat, and i hear bramble is great stuff for cordage, especially as you dont need to add new fibres so often

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Post by the barnacle on Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:40 pm

the purple nettles are the best and theas can grow to 4 - 5 ft tall so not to bad, i have not tried brambles or willow, the string i made was very strong, i just find it interesting to discover what our ancestors did, i have also spent alot of time perfecting fire lighting with a bow, but i have also been trying to light a fire with just the spindle but its hard going especially when you only try to use native wood.

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