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Ancient Roots Winter 2017: Plant-Based Cordage


For our winter Ancient Roots Gathering  we will learn about making and using plant-based cordage/rope.  Cordage has many uses in survival situations, including lashings, snares, nets, and more.  Some people use these skills in day to day life for making jewelry, household projects, and crafts.  Cordage can be made from a great variety of materials, from plants to animal sinew to clothing. For this workshop, you will have the option to scrape a yucca leaf which we will provide to make plant fiber cordage, or you can use the provided cotton to learn the basics.  Once you get the hang of it, it is easy and fun.

Please join us and come learn about making cordage.  This workshop will be held in two weeks, on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 2 PM.  We will meet at the main pavilions at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, Texas.  This workshop is best for ages 6+ and all experience levels are welcome!

In this workshop, we will cover:

  • Elements of strong rope
  • Different types of common materials that work well for cordage.
  • Scraping yucca leaves to remove the fiber, and then make cordage directly from the plant (if you would like to try this, bring a knife if you have one)
  • Double-strand twisting for cordage. If you don’t want to scrape yucca leaves, you can still make this cordage with other material which we will provide. Children as young as six or seven can learn to twist, even if they are too young to scrape yucca leaves.
  • Time allowing, we will also cover some basic knots to get you started!

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page so we know how many people to plan for.


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