Make a Net With the Handmade Tool

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Introduction: Make a Net With the Handmade Tool

I am going to show you how to make a net and also a tool for making it.

All you need:

-a knife
-a saw blade
-a thread or a rope
-an ice cream stick or a piece of wood
-a flat piece of plastic or wood
-anything that can be used as a hook (a nail, a piece of wire etc)

Step 1:

Step 2: Material for the Needle

For the needle you will need a piece of wood (ice cream stick in this case), a small sharp knife and a saw blade.

Step 3: Make a Needle

On one end (left) of he stick cut out about 5 mm from the middle as in the picture. (for the bigger stick you can cut out 10-20 mm).Using the knife, sharpen the other end and make a hole about 15 mm from the pointed end. Now cut out the wood about 15-20 mm from the pointed end, leaving a needle-like piece of wood in the middle. Widen the hole with the saw blade.

Step 4: Define the Size of Meshes

Define the size of meshes with a little plate. The size of the mesh depends directly of the width of the plate. You can use a piece of plastic or wood.

Step 5: Roll the Thread on the Needle

I am using bigger needle (also handmade) and a thicker rope so it can be seen better. Start rolling like in the picture.

Step 6: The Thread Is Rolled

Now you can start making the net.

Step 7:

Roll the thread over the plate twice and tide a knot.

Step 8:

Hang the obtained mesh on a hook.

Step 9:

Place the knot on the middle of the plate.

Step 10:

Pull the needle through the mesh.

Step 11:

Pull the thread tight, but make sure that it goes around the plate.

Step 12:

Now you have 3 threads between the hook and the plate. Pull the needle under 2 threads on the right side, leaving 1 on the left. Make sure that the thread fixed to the needle goes over your left hand (if you are right handed).

Step 13:

Pull the thread and you will obtain a knot.

Step 14:

Now you have 2 meshes.

Step 15:

Repeat these steps until you get the desired width of the net.

Step 16:

The net is getting wider and wider.

Step 17:

Put all the meshes in the upper row (one by one) on the hook. (In the step 15 I hold these meshes with my left middle finger, right index finger and right thumb).

Step 18:

Now you can make the net lengthwise.

Step 19:

Now repeat the steps from 9 to 13 to make the second row (to get the net longer) And add the rows until you obtain the desired dimensions of the net.

Step 20: The Finished Net

You can use a net like this to make various objects (for keeping fish, for example). Be creative.

Step 21: Another Net (from Ordinary Rope)

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    Hey got a video of how to tie in detail or a diagram it would mean so much

    You make it look so easy, Thanks

    You make it look so easy, Thanks

    this technique is widely used here in northeastern Brazil by subsistence fishermen, are well faster and pass this technique from generation to generation

    I haven't heard of that name. I know how this tool looks like, but I came up with the idea of using an ice cream stick. Above all, I wanted to show how to use this tool for making a basic net that can be used for various purposes.

    The tool you made is called a Chinese Needle, or at least that is what I have heard it been called in the sailing industry.
    How did you find the design or did you make it yourself?