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New Zealand Flax - Phormium Tenax
Jun 27th, 2020 at 11:25pm
 
Behold!

The best houseplant/landscaping plant sling material (in my opinion).

I made a sling in roughly 2 hours from it. The sling weighs only 10.4 g and is very strong. The cords are so light I don't think it would have much of an abrasion problem (to be determined).

You can scrape off the non-fibrous material, similar agave (sisal) in this video. But I did not.
https://www.youtube.com/watchv=-ouNR6djZy4

If you are in a northern area, this won't survive cold winters, but apparently it makes a decent house plant and can live indoors.  I went to my local nursery and purchased one. Worth it for sure. It's a perennial, so it should live for a while.



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Re: New Zealand Flax - Phormium Tenax
Reply #1 - Jun 27th, 2020 at 11:37pm
 
And to support my declaration that it is the best, here is a paper on its strength, comparable tensile strength with sisal (breaking strength), but a higher Young's modulus (less stretch for the same force applied).

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.661.726&rep=rep1&type=p...
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Reply #2 - Jun 27th, 2020 at 11:45pm
 
Do you know if it as brittle as yucca?
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Reply #3 - Jun 28th, 2020 at 12:17am
 
The leaves are a bit brittle when dried, but I don't have any experience with yucca, so I cannot comment. Can you make cordage from yucca that is pliable after it dries? or is it brittle?
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Reply #4 - Jun 28th, 2020 at 11:05am
 
I like it
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Reply #5 - Jun 28th, 2020 at 11:39am
 
yucca fiber is slightly brittle compared to sisal, but still good for slings. I have made a few.

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Reply #6 - Jun 28th, 2020 at 1:14pm
 
Awesome sling Walter!
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Reply #7 - Jun 28th, 2020 at 1:18pm
 
Beautiful. If my plant grows big enough to harvest enough leaves, I would like to make one of these.
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Reply #8 - Jun 28th, 2020 at 2:43pm
 
Great looking slings, guys.
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Reply #9 - Jun 28th, 2020 at 6:24pm
 
Thanks! It is an 18" Sierra Nevada horseback sling, but too short for me. I also made the cords too wide for the length and it somehow ended up with a balearic pouch Cheesy

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Reply #10 - Jun 29th, 2020 at 1:52pm
 
Extracting the fibers from this plant is really easy and they are very strong. I still haven't had an opportunity to make a sling out of it.
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