Early man used strands of fibrous plants to fashion many types of cordage. When selecting plants for their fibrous properties, young plants will generally have the strongest and most flexible fibers and work best for producing fine strands for items like thread. Unlike deciduous trees, evergreen species like the spruce pine have a cellular structure which allows the sap of the tree to continue to flow year round. This makes the fibers of the spruce tree some of the strongest and most pliable in nature.
Items you will need
- Smooth rock.
- Sewing needle
Loosen the dirt around the base of a spruce tree with a knife. Locate a long, small root, no larger than 1/2 inch in diameter. Cut a 1-foot length of the root off with the knife. Replace the dirt.
Brush the dirt from the root. Pound the length of the root, gently, with a smooth rock. Pull the fibers of the root apart with your fingers.
Align two of the separated fibers parallel with each other. Pinch the fibers together at one end and twist the opposite ends of the fibers with your fingers until the two fibers are completely wrapped around each other.
Thread a needle with the wrapped fibers and sew as you would with thread.
- "Survival Wisdom and Know How"; Amy Rost; 2007
- Wildwood Survival; Making Natural Cordage; Tom Brown Jr.
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