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    These are the materials that i have used. I will continue to work with other materials out of curiosity.

    Milkweed

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    Wild Grape
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    Goldenrod
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    Deer Sinew
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    Dogbane
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    Michigan Yooper
    If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything

  • #2
    Sweet! The golden rod looks best, aesthetically speaking. What will you use them for? I thought it was funny to see the nice, neatly twisted rows of cordage, then I scroll down to the deer sinew and it looks like a tornado damaged birds nest, lol!
    "The education of a man is never completed until he dies." Robert E. Lee

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    • OnewiththewilD
      OnewiththewilD commented
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      If your getting into making primitive stuff your gonna need to learn to make cordage too! It’s a great skill to have

  • #3
    Thanks Ethan, I use them for knife wrapping and hafting and pendant neck loop. The Goldenrod looks good but is the weakest of all.
    Michigan Yooper
    If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything

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  • #4
    Dogbane milkweed and sinew are the best I’ve come across so far too. The grapevine I’ve braided ended up kinda brittle once dried. I’ve never tried goldenrod for cordage either. They all look like you did a great job too
    call me Jay, i live in R.I.

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Hey Jay, You know that tanned leather is kinda weak. I was surprised how strong a small strip of rawhide is. It's a lot tougher than tanned leather from the same hide.

    • OnewiththewilD
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      I use raw hide too, it’s way stronger than tanned leather for sure! Try wetting some a little bit till it just becomes manageable then braiding that up, you could hang off of it

    • OnewiththewilD
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      I’ve tried red cedar strips, if you get it just right you can pull off pretty sizable strips, then you clean it kinda like dogbane, you just work your way down the strip pulling off random bark and thick sections to even it out, then knee roll and braid like normal. I found it kinda flakey though. I’m sure the natives had their tricks cause I’ve read it was often used. I bet it works like the dogbane in the sense that it can be wet and dried over and over without falling apart.

  • #5
    Good work Ron I am modern semi primitive when it comes to hafting

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Johnny, I gathered this milkweed at the right time and it is real strong.

  • #6
    Hey Ron ...Nice examples of how it was done.... interesting. Thanx for showing these diff cordages

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    • #7
      i love making cordage

      Ron you should try stinging nettle
      kind of a bugger at first to work,until you get the stingers off of it,but makes some super strong cordage

      my wife has a couple of plants in the back yard,nl idea what they are
      but i noticed that the long narrow leaves looked quit fiberous (is that a word?)
      so i yanked one of and gave it a try
      amazingly strong,but kind of a bugger to process as the leaves are narrow and the other material that makes up the leaf is also tough
      waiting for them to go dormant and then i will try again

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      • OnewiththewilD
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        I’ve yet to try stinging nettle or wood nettle, but I’ve read the natives used it too and that it does indeed make great cordage. Thanks for reminding me!

      • Ron Kelley
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        Thanks Tim, I will have to try some nettle some day.

      • Tam
        Tam commented
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        Oh my gosh that stuff kills me ...

    • #8
      The patch of dogbane out in my woods woods is choking itself out. I went the other day to harvest some. There’s still a bit of it growing there but the patch just isn’t what it was. This next season I’ll have to gather up some pods and try transplanting some somewhere else.
      call me Jay, i live in R.I.

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      • Ron Kelley
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        Hey Jay, Good luck with the transplant. I would have thought that with an established patch that it would spread on its own. My milkweed patches are bigger and thicker this year.

      • OnewiththewilD
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        It’s been there for years but the other surrounding growth is choking it out. I’ll have to do some pruning too

    • #9
      No I like that dogbane . Going to have to look that plant up and see if it grows here . Need to try that .

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