Here are a couple more sources of natural cordage. Milkweed and Common Cattail both can be processed like dogbane, platted or Flemish twisted into a strong usable cordage.
Here are some pictures to help you identify them;
Easily identifiable by the seed pods which are green and filled with a white fluffy seed in the summer these are dead open and winterized.
Fibres are peeled from the split stem the same way the dog bane is. I have found that this cordage is at a decent usable strength, by platting then Flemish twisting the fibres together or by using 6 fibres to create your rope.
Cattails aka bullrush
Easily identified by the sausage on a stick looking seed pod, which is green when the plant is alive. The final stages of this seed pod is where the cattail gets its name. (shown below)
The leaves of the cattail are stronger when green and alive but can still be weaved and platted for lighter duty tasks when dead.
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Here is how to spilt larger wood without a solid knife. This knife is a swiss army knife climber which I carry everyday.
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As you all know I was ment to go out in to the bush this weekend with the rat. Unfortunately I had to abort the mission after this happened. Lol
Things to remember
- Always carry food and water in your vehicle;
- Always carry a shovel;
- Always have a tow kit with tow strop, reflective gear and flash light;
- Have a way to re inflate tires (air in a can, compressor etc)
- Carry blankets, extra warm gear and water proof gear, a tarp and gloves;
- Keep Those old car matts in the trunk, they can come in handy. Iven winter a bag of salt or sand is also a good back up for extra grip;
- Keep your fuel tank topped up;
- First aid kit and training;
- Know how to signal for help if you cannot use your cell phone;
- Tow company coverage;
- Knowledge in basic self recovery weighs nothing;
- A way to heat and cook food and boil water;
- As with any trip always tell someone where you are going and the route you plan to take.
Hopefully this is helpful to you all and keeps you safe out there. Things like this can happen to anyone and everyone so Make sure you are prepared.
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Here is a demo of a multifunctional tool, that is easy to carry around and can be used for a few bushcraft and Survival tasks.
Bow drill baring block, flint striker, bottle opener, fero rod striker, bark stripper, hanging point, Paracord.
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After having some leather left over from making my last knife sheathes I figured that I would make a couple of simple traditional pouches to collect tinder in.
Here’s how I did it….
First I picked the largest and most supple piece of leather I have left.
Then I use a dinner tray and a marker to draw my outline
Cut around your outline
Use a punch, a nail or a sharp piece of pipe to punch your draw string holes
With your holes punched pick your draw string which could be para cord or a leather strip. Thread Your chosen cord through.
Tie both ends of your cord together and try out your new pouch.
These could be used to store anything from tinder, flint and steel, fire kits or even sweets they re versatile and light.
Unlike my knife sheaths I don’t want to wax these, as I want to keep the leather supple, so to look after it and water proof it I m using a rub of mink oil.
This is a nice project for a quick and effective pouch.
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Here is the very basic way I like to layer up for the colder weather.
Things to remember when layering up for the colder weather:
- Cotton and other slow drying absorbent materials are your enemy in colder weather.
- Wool is king because it not only holds 80% of its thermal properties even when wet but is also mildly flame retardant to.
- Wear more layers of thinner clothing, rather than fewer layers of thicker clothing.
- Don’t forget a hat and gloves
I hope this is helpful if you have any questions, as always don’t hesitate to ask.
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Here is part 2 of my Natural navigation series
Between the 12 and the hour hand (pointed at the sun) on your watch shows you which way is south.
When you see a number of snow dunes like this all shaped in the same direction, this is a good indicator of which way the prevailing wind is coming from.
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What a rolling boil should look like, to make your water safe.
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