|Discovering Natural Fibres: Cordage, String and Twine|
- Prepare fibres from weighed samples of an Australian native plant eg tussock grass, stringy bark, spinifex or lomandra.
- What percentage of the plant's original weight is useful fibre?
- Make string or rope from your fibres.
- Make a short video of your process.
- Investigate other plants used to provide fibres for rope and string and prepare a report.
- Investigate and collect samples of synthetic fibres used to make cordage and ropes.
- Design tests for properties which make them useful.
- Tie some knots with your string
Cordage Discovery Box - from IDAHO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, Idaho State University
Rope-making fibres - manila hemp and sisal - from Kew Botanical gardens: manila hemp and sisal
Making Cordage By Hand - from Primitive Ways, site offering resources for studing indgenous cultures
Making string: an ethnobotanical learning journey on the south coast of NSW - from Australian National University and Curriculum Support, NSWDET, on the South coast of NSW: aboriginals try to recreate forgotten techniques (word doc)
Natural Cordage - from Woodcraft Wanderings
Practical InstructionsKnot tying
A Piece of Fibre Could Save Your Life Nature's General Store: The Yuccas and Agaves - from Primitive Ways
Basic Instructions for Making a Period Cord with a Lucet using a turning method - from Company of the Silver Spindle
The Bangladesh Twine Spinner - from The Science Toymaker
Making a bowstring - from The Essentials of Archery
A cordage backed bow - from Primitive Ways
The Physics of Mediaeval Archery - from the Stortford Archers
FAQ - Tent Pegs and Guy Ropes - The Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs NSW Incorporated
Animated Knots by Grog: TIE KNOTS THE FUN AND EASY WAY
Diagrams - from Makezine
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