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Has anyone used inner tree bark to make a sling?
Jun 11th, 2021 at 7:03pm
 
Just wondering if anyone has tried to make a sling using inner tree bark, I have made one using walnut bark, with a leather pouch.
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Re: Has anyone used inner tree bark to make a sling?
Reply #1 - Jun 11th, 2021 at 7:40pm
 
I think I might have once at one point from willow? Maybe? But I love that. It looks great. Did you boil the fiber in ash water first?

Hows it holding up?
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Reply #2 - Jun 11th, 2021 at 11:56pm
 
I didnít boil it in ash water. It hold up really well but the bark doesnít have much friction in the whipping so after about a dozen throws the loop side sting slips out and I have to fix it.
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Reply #3 - Sep 8th, 2021 at 10:00pm
 
Greetings Jack, what you are talking about is "bast". There is archeobotanical evidence that lime bast was the primary cordage used in neolithic times and later. Good luck.

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Reply #4 - Sep 11th, 2021 at 7:35am
 
Could you also use it for the pouch ?
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Re: Has anyone used inner tree bark to make a sling?
Reply #5 - Sep 11th, 2021 at 12:55pm
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Sep 11th, 2021 at 7:35am:
Could you also use it for the pouch ?


you can use it just like any other fiber. you can make a balearic sling if you have enough of it
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Reply #6 - Sep 11th, 2021 at 4:39pm
 
I meant a solid pouch.
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Reply #7 - Sep 11th, 2021 at 9:59pm
 
Iffen yu was asken I about a solid pouch ... bast is by its nature only useful as a stranded material. There is a rather cute reconstruction sketch of a bloke wandering round doing an imitation of a haystack with legs    !!!
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Reply #8 - Sep 11th, 2021 at 10:17pm
 
Zud, that made me laugh so hard.
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Reply #9 - Sep 13th, 2021 at 8:57am
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Sep 11th, 2021 at 4:39pm:
I meant a solid pouch.


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Reply #10 - Sep 19th, 2021 at 10:53am
 
@joe     cheers    Grin      Smiley
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Re: Has anyone used inner tree bark to make a sling?
Reply #11 - Sep 20th, 2021 at 1:01pm
 
xud9a - call me zud 👍 wrote on Sep 8th, 2021 at 10:00pm:
There is archeobotanical evidence that lime bast was the primary cordage used in neolithic times and later.

And I've made a sling with lime bast. I was taking the bark off an unknown log and realised it would make for great cordage. I then found out it was lime bast and made a sling and rope from it. Great stuff. Easy to see why it was used.
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Re: Has anyone used inner tree bark to make a sling?
Reply #12 - Sep 20th, 2021 at 9:45pm
 
@kick, thanks for that, it's great to hear something is still in use thousands of years later  cheers Zud      Smiley
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