Andrew demonstrates how to create string from natural materials in the woods. Learn how to use the bark of Willow tree saplings to make strong bonds.The use of ropes for hunting, pulling, fastening, attaching, carrying, lifting, and climbing dates back to prehistoric times and has always been essential to mankind's technological progress. It is likely that the earliest "ropes" were naturally occurring lengths of plant fiber, such as vines, followed soon by the first attempts at twisting and braiding these strands together to form the first proper ropes in the modern sense of the word.

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Comment by Frank Williams on November 7, 2010 at 21:52
I have used NZ flax to make chord that is very strong using the methods that the Maori's used. I.e. scrape off the green flesh of the flax leaf. They used mussel shells but a knife works fine, then after tying a granny knot in one end, separate the fibres into three strands. The three starnds were platted together and more fibre is added to each strand before it runs out.

It takes a while but the end result is very strong and flexible.

Cabbage tree has very strong fibre too. Iguess that would work, haven't tried it tho'.

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