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Sunday 2 October 2011

Spruce root cordage

I think it's important to be able to make cordage in whatever environment you're in and cordage is such an important facet of the bushcrafters armoury that it should be given a higher place than it is, after all it's one of Dave Canterbury's 5 C's..

Some roots freshly extracted

If the roots are too thick they will need to be split, this one is about 1/2 inch thick so we decide to quarter it. First cut a split in one end with your knife then gently start to work the split down the length of the root, if it starts to run off centre then bend the thicker bit slightly more and the spli will run back to the centre

Successfully quartered

Lots of split roots hung up ready for use

If you need a long length of root cordage it won't reverse twist well so it's best to braid or platt it adding in extra as you go along, this also makes it more flexible and allows a bigger variety of knots to be used.

It's finished length is limited only by your stock of roots and personal patience!!

1 comment:

  1. Had to look up Dave Canterbury and his 5 Cs--very interesting. I've been away from wilderness survival experiences for several years--since my Girl Scout days, (when we learned about Euell Gibbons eating cattails,) so your posts are always refreshing and of great interest.