This is my first instructable so bare with me on quality. Thank you everyone who contributes to Instructables.com, you have inspired me well.

As a few mates and I sat around talking in the sun today, I had remembered reading the instructable on how to make rope out of dead plants . 

At his house there is a small ( 2.5 meter ), wide leaf palm-tree of some sort growing in his garden. Around the trunk, there is a growth of brown stringy, almost coconut husk looking hair at the node of each leaf to it's base. After a little 'gentle' removal and inspection of the material, I could see that it was dry, wire-like, and with a very slight tendency to grip to itself like velcro. This seemed perfect for testing out the instructable I had read earlier, so I ripped out a handful and gathered the other couple of materials needed on my way back to where I was sitting, and decided quickly that I would make a survival style saw.

This is not exactly a useful saw for anything hard, as the rock breaks easily, but I am sure that uses are there for it, such as scaling fish, or combing your eyebrows.. More to the point, this was an experiment making rope, not a knife / saw

Ok, enough jibber jabba, let's get to work, and I will show you how I put this dry plant 'hair' rope into use, for strength, testing and durability at a very small scale.

Step 1: Searching for the Main Material

As the rope instructable mentions, nearly any stringy, grassy form of bio material can be used for making rope. Here is a photo of the hair I had used in mine. ( This image was found on google, but it is very similar to what is in the garden ) I only managed to grab a pitiful handful of material from the tree as it is held on quite tight, and pulling at the mass only ends in your fingers circulation being cut.

If this was not my friends tree, I would have obviously expressed a bit more love into the removal of more material, possibly even with a blade, but careful not to damage the palm. The strings I had removed were only about 3" long, thin as dental floss, and I had thought I would have an issue with it breaking and falling apart, but after 'spinning', it seemed to hold fine.
<p>I reckon this is the oldest sonic screwdriver in existence.</p>
i couldnt find any kind of plant like that in garden!
Some area's may not have palm tree's like above.. Do you have vines, ivy or any other plants that you know are very stringy and has lots of strong fibers? Some trees have a bark that you can peel off and turn into rope as well. You may just need to explore outside of the garden :) <br> <br>I think you could even use an animal stomach of some sort.. it might be a slippery rope though..
we have palm trees in the country but not in my area and since i live in the capital city there are not many trees out there and none with fibers so far! and i dont think i will ever use an animal stomach.. im vegan! but thanx! i will probably find some on holiday!
Hopefully you do, I did a quick Iran native plant search on google, but did not have any luck finding something local to you. As l8nite mentions here as well, mashing up plant fibers and then drying them may be your alternative
wow thanx:D
long grasses work well for cordage and so does a lot of tall weedy plants found in wild feilds but you have to mash the stems to get the ropey fibers to work with
Welcome to the world of instructables posters ! Be careful it can become addictive ! Cool project and a nicely done &quot;ible&quot; . If you make a lot of the twisted cordage like you made, you can then braid them, adding in pieces as the braided pieces get short you can make a cord of any length, then you make 3 of those and braid them and the cord becomes even stronger
I tested out using the 3 rope's braided together, and I think I went even further and did it again. The tip works well anyway, sorry I don't have a photo, theory was tested during a very relaxed day at a mates BBQ. The rope didn't break over a 4 bloke tug-o-war. Made from the same tree as this 'ible as well. I made a 2ft long, 1cm diam rope in about 2 hours
If only I knew about the roping techniques about a year ago when I made a 2 meter bamboo fish-trap ( 'ible is to come for this, I think I may need to make another from scratch to do this. ) Thanks for the extra tip and comment! It gave me another idea already, haha! <br> <br>When I find a better resource, I will attempt quite a large rope, but I can see myself having to make a spin / twist device to make it easier.. this may be hard to make from twigs and stones, but I will attempt ;)
Nice job.
thats cool.
Awesome! The stones can be a good addition to pocket survival kits! You have given a new direction to the survival kits!
I hope it does encourage more idea's. It's just a small scratch off the surface of making anything out of nothing I guess, thank you :)
wow very cool i like it
heh cheers, I wouldn't have been able to make it without learning the essential rope twist technique! thanks for the 1st comment for me as well!
no problem i like it so know i know how to make it

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