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How To Make Cordage From Natural Materials


Cordage from natural materials is stronger than most people believe.

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hi my name is Lily and today's video is going to be about how to make cordage out of natural materials stay tuned okay so first of all what's important when it comes to making cordage first you want to find some kind of material which is long enough and you want to find a material which is strong enough to make a good cordage for example this horse tail here would be long enough but it's so brittle and yeah it rips off easily so it's not suitable for making cordage so the first material that I found which is suitable for cordage making s this dress here seems to be like a very strong dress which is not so easy to rip apart so now I'm going to collect this grass here and yeah I going to take my knife for collecting it because sometimes you can cut yourself with grass and this one has a very sharp edge so first I want to start out with two grasses here and I going to bend them over not right in the middle which would be here but a little bit off the middle here so first I make this loop here and then I just continue twisting the grass and flip it over the other end okay now as we can see one end is getting short so now I'm going to take two more of this grass here and I'm going to set it onto the grass like so and just start twisting again and locking the two new grasses inside of the old Fred okay at the end off the cordage just make a simple square knot so now let's see how much this court here can take okay

I asked mate that it takes about two kilos to rip another good quality material which is a little bit more robust and grass is stinging nettle and the good thing about singing nettle is that it grows fairly long so you have very long fibers here's our singing nettle has the ability that it stinks but it loses that ability by throwing it into the water and by the way this pile of stones here is the leftovers of my primitive ovum okay next I want to process the stinging nettle stands here a little bit and I'm hitting them with a rock because they are quite sturdy and I want to loosen them up a little bit no no no go away okay okay I just finished a piece of stinging nettle cordage here and this is much much stronger than grass really it's very strong yeah another good material for cordage making is willow bark and we have one below here and now going to cut off a sapling okay first of all I want to debug the sapling here and I found that the best way to debark we love saplings is with your knife it just shave of the bark with your knife what are you doing okay now I ended up with this nice long straps here and yeah it's quite a lot of cordage material for the small sapling I have to say okay this is what I've made in about 15 minutes

and the smaller one is strong but not that strong

so stinging nettle is much better so it's maybe better if you take more strands and make the cottage a little bit figure and then yeah it's pretty strong so you can use willow cottage for shelter building for example another good cordage material comes from the ground right now I am in a spruce tree forest and spruce tree roots make excellent cordage

yeah just dug up this piece of spruce root here and yeah this is instant cordage so you can use it right away to make a shelter and if you want to you can split it in half okay now I have two very nice pieces of root and yeah this is just instant cordage you can use it for shelter making or for a bow-drill for example so yeah this makes great great cordage and it doesn't take a lot of time to dig it up well guys so I'm super happy that the bow drill worked using this spruce cordage here and yeah I think that cordage making makes a lot of fun and yeah it's just awesome oh I'm so happy that this worked for ya so if you want to see other videos check out these videos here and you can follow me on Facebook Twitter and Instagram and if you want to see more subscribe to my channel stay tuned till next time bye

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Survival Lilly

Survival Lilly

Survival Lilly is a true passionate bushcraft girl! She likes spending a lot of time in nature practicing survival and bushcraft skills. Her YouTube channel is very interesting as she publishes new videos often and also test out survival and outdoor gear to find the best items you can have in your survival or camping rucksack, and the video quality and photography is always excellent.

You can find all her videos on her YouTube channel.

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