Michael Newby wrote:Last summer while I was camped at the lab I experimented with making rough cordage out of the knapweed that is so prolific out there. I didn't process the plants other than stripping leaves and side branches then crushing the stems. I made a simple hand twisted two ply cord that I tied around my tarp. Pretty strong stuff, it held a knot pretty well but the fibers get brittle when they dry. You could probably make much better cordage with better processing of the plants before making the line.
raven ranson wrote:Cordage is often made with the phylum layer of the plant - inner bark. The fibres are (more or less) the same as celery strings, only stronger. Only because it's cordage and not for clothing, it doesn't need to be processed into fine individual fibres. You can leave the skin/bark on.
In a couple of months, Himalayan blackberries will be ready to make cordage from.
Scotch broom is ready now.
Flax, nettles, kudzu all make fantastic cordage.
Cedar bark and roots
Newzealand flax and yucca - make the cordage from the leaf
Not an exhaustive list
But I don't know what grows at the lab.
If you need any help, let me know. I'm very curious about fibre plants that don't grow where I am. Especially finding uses for unwanted plants like blackberries those on the so-called invasive list.