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Friday, November 4, 2011

Primitive bone knife in use

Here are a few shots of the bone knife I recently made in action. These will explain how I split the stinging nettle stalk for rendering the fiber.

Blade inserted after pinching stalk to split it. I use two pieces of wood slat to pinch the stalk.

starting the split

Halfway up the stalk.See how nice and even the stalk halves are? This will save a lot of fiber

A nice bundle of raw fiber. After it dries, I'll twist it into cordage. The skin falls off during this process. This is from 6 stalks.

This is what you're left with. The inside of the stalk in sections.

Close up of the blade.

Another close up.

The slats used for pinching the stalks. Just something thrown together.

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