Monday, November 9, 2009
Rope, Twine, Knots, and Lashings
Dick, Alan. (2004). Alaska Science: Camps, Fairs & Experiments. Alaska Native Knowledge Network.
If there was one thing I didn't learn in the boy scouts, it would be how to find something in out the woods strong enough to hold a knot. I never would have thought to use the roots of any plant, especially not a tree root. I have come to find that you can't just choose any tree to take the roots from. I found a PDF file on the Alaska Native Knowledge Network that explains traditional things such as starting a fire, traditional lighting, spear fishing, and much more. The one thing I was looking for was the traditional spruce lashing.
In the text, Alan Dick explains how to locate, clean, split, and store spruce and other roots. He explains how to split the roots the best way with along with some pictures. There are also a couple of examples of how to make good knots that will hold. The fish trap requires sturdy, reliable, and dependable materials for knots and lashings. If done right, these knots can hold for hundreds of years! Proof is in the Montana Creek Excavation. You will see that up soon.