This instructable is for the almost extinct bosun’s belt, a traditional ladder-woven belt made for sailors to carry their knife, marlinspike and sailmakers pouch.
I made my first one of these as a sea cadet in 1977; since then it has gone AWOL, and a lot of water has passed under the bridge. A couple of years ago after finding some old Inglefield clips laying around, I made another one out of digicam paracord purchased from the Supply Captain in the U.S. As I live in Alberta, in the foothills of the Rockies, I adapted it for land use, as a climbing gear sling, water bottle sling, or general duty hanger- upper, such as hanging a rucksack off a tree, a climbing gear sling on a cliff side belay stance or even a paintball gun sling.
[The boatswain works in a ship's deck department as the foreman of the deck crew. Sometimes, the boatswain is also a third or fourth mate. A bosun must be highly skilled in all matters of marlinespike seamanship required for working on deck of a seagoing vessel. The bosun is distinguished from other able seamen by the supervisory roles of planning, scheduling, and assigning work.]
Step 1: Ingredients
A pair of Inglefield clips [UFI: Rear Admiral Sir Edward Fitzmaurice Inglefield, KBE (1861–1945) was a Victorian Royal Navy officer and later secretary of Lloyd's of London. He gave his name to the Inglefield clip, a device he patented in 1890 for quickly attaching signal flags to halyards or each other. Made of brass or bronze they are corrosion resistant, light weight and very nautical-looking. They can be procured from marine supply shops.]
A knife or scissors
A lighter to fuse loose ends.
Step 2: Starting Out
Forgive me for not knowing how much paracord is needed to make a waist-size ladder woven belt. It is a lot, so finding a good place to suspend your project from is a good way to prevent a huge snarl.
-Suspend one of your Inglefield clips from a stationary object, like a roof beam or ring bolt.
-Find the center of your long piece of paracord, and thread the second Inglefield clip to it.
- Check the length of your belt-to-be; take your waist measurement and add two inches; adjust the length of your loop accordingly.
Step 3: Ladder Weaving
Step 4: Weaving and Finishing
-You can finish off the belt by trimming, and fusing the ends of the cords; for this sample, however, I used a square knot to finish, then fused the ends together.
Step 5: You Are Done!!
I hope this turns out well for all of you; it will probably become indispensable and absolutely critical to your survival!