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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWilkinson View Post
    On the knots front for beginners I'd also include:-

    taut tarp hitch
    slipped taut line hitch (a rolling hitch tied to the taut end of a cord after passing it around an object - great for tensioning guy lines!)
    Mike - check out the Farrimond http://www.animatedknots.com/farrimond/#ScrollPoint as it works as well as the slipped taut line hitch but is a dream to undo.

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    So did some grass rope making with the kids. Made about 10' of twin reverse wrap about inch thick. Kids made a small swing out of it.

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    Also got a bit of debris shelter practice in over the weekend. Teaching the little ones about the structures that can be used for one and two man set ups.

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    Both look like fun projects for the kids. I've never really worked on natural cordage. Might make it a priority this year.

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    I started by first untwining some shop bought jute and practicing some simple two strand reverse wrap cordage. I then moved into using nettles and yucca leaves. Once I got the hang of things and understanding what to look for during the process I started applying it to different materials. I like grass ropes though. It always amazes my kids that you can tow a land rover with an inch and half thick grass cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWilkinson View Post
    I started by first untwining some shop bought jute and practicing some simple two strand reverse wrap cordage. I then moved into using nettles and yucca leaves. Once I got the hang of things and understanding what to look for during the process I started applying it to different materials. I like grass ropes though. It always amazes my kids that you can tow a land rover with an inch and half thick grass cable.

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    Brilliant!
    I'm definitely interested in trying this natural cordage method.
    Could you please explain the 2 strand reverse wrap method ?
    I have no idea what that means but it sounds difficult.
    Brilliant challenge and I'll be definitely trying this out .
    Not sure I'll find yucca , but plenty of nettles and lyme trees , for its bark is apparently very good for natural cordage.

    Thanks for the ideas !!

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    I'm hoping the below images will help. If not go to Jon ridgeons site and look at his tutorial on nettle cordage. One of the better ones I've found.

    http://www.jonsbushcraft.com/cordage%20making.htm

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    I decided to teach the scouts how to make cordage out of nettles. Whilst they were having a fire safety talk with the fire brigade in the other room I went to burn of the stings and set off the fire alarm. Perfect timing.


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    Haha. I bet that went down well!

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