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    By Tony

    I saw something on bushcraft uk a while ago that inspired me to sit down for a few minutes and make a few tree hooks, I think I'd seen them with a belt holding them in place but I figured that a piece of paracord would be easiest, this is the result.





































    First it's a case of finding the right branches, luckily I was in a woodland with free reign over what we cut and as we were setting up a base camp the rest of
    the wood was well used on other projects. So I snipped off the pieces I wanted, some thicker bits for strength, although nothing bigger than about 18mm for the
    vertical length fixed to the tree, some were considerably smaller and worked very well which demonstrated that nearly any sized wood could work well, you
    just have to be more considerate by placing items on it to hang rather than dropping stuff onto the hook part.






























    With my Fiskars X3 I trimmed the pieces to the length I wanted them to be and then the length of the hook. With my knife I cut a notch into the main shaft near the top which allows it to hang securely on the paracord loop that goes aroundthe tree. I took some off of the back with my knife just so that it would be more flush against the tree, I can't imagine this being absolutely necessary though.
    Then I tidied the end of the hook part so that nothing would catch on it and that's the hook completed.



    Then I made a loose loop of paracord to go around the chosen tree, I just wrapped it around, pulled it a bit so I had a couple of inches slack and then tied it off,
    It was made easier because the bark was quite rough so it didn't slip down at all. Then I slid the hooks up under the loop, I put 4 in place but it could have been more and of any size, they kept themselves in place with the hook while I went around the back of the tree and slid in the tensioning stick (I'd selected
    earlier from my offcuts) into the loop and started to turn, twisting the paracord as I went, a few turns later and everything was snug, with the hooks pulled tight into the tree.

































































    For something that's really useful this didn't take long at all to make and it really is a "leave no trace" item as you can take it apart, reuse the parts and no one will ever know that you've had half a ton of stuff hanging on the tree.



















































































































    Comments 36 Comments
    1. crosslandkelly's Avatar
      crosslandkelly -
      Great idea, and so simple.
    1. fishfish's Avatar
      fishfish -
      awsome idea!
    1. Marmite's Avatar
      Marmite -
      Excellent idea. Will definately give it a go next time I'm out.
    1. kodiakjoe's Avatar
      kodiakjoe -
      Simple, functional, brilliant. Great idea
    1. BigM's Avatar
      BigM -
      Lovely bit of ingenuity!
    1. John Fenna's Avatar
      John Fenna -
      Great idea!
    1. Wayland's Avatar
      Wayland -
      I've seen these before but it's a great reminder.

      I use wooden hooks a lot when I've got my big camp set up.
    1. Elen Sentier's Avatar
      Elen Sentier -
      Very useful looking things.

      behind every creative woman there's usually a very talented cat ...
    1. swright81076's Avatar
      swright81076 -
      I always use branch stumps to hang my stuff, never thought to make my own. Cracking idea. I might suggest this at our local forest school, notch carving and knot skills that doesn't involve tent pegs.

      touched by nature
    1. TurboGirl's Avatar
      TurboGirl -
      I suppose a gnarly bark is good, the water would be more likely to drain rather than run over the objects... it's 100% brilliant!
    1. Hog On Ice's Avatar
      Hog On Ice -
      twisting the cord to get it tight is one approach but I would probably have used an adjustable loop instead just because I like that technique
    1. Chiseller's Avatar
      Chiseller -
      Bang tidy camp tidy`s :thumbup:

      Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    1. copper_head's Avatar
      copper_head -
      Nice idea! I'll be using this.
    1. jacko1066's Avatar
      jacko1066 -
      This really is a great idea!! I can't believe I had no thought of it sooner lol!!

      Cheers
      Steve
    1. cybercurly's Avatar
      cybercurly -
      very neat idea. good post
    1. Neumo's Avatar
      Neumo -
      Thanks. Must try this next time I am out.
    1. Bowlander's Avatar
      Bowlander -
      Simple but effective. Seeing bags and containers laid about in folks pics is one of my pet hates.
    1. Filterhoose's Avatar
      Filterhoose -
      What a cool idea. Thanks Tony
    1. Goatboy's Avatar
      Goatboy -
      Nice to see a homemade version, Coleman have done these for years - LINK. Belzeebob23 of this parish made up some cantilever wire mangers to go on the pole of my Tipi to allow candle lanterns to go up, great as you just slide them to the desired height and the weight then keeps them in place. Think he took some pics, will see if he can post them.
    1. RichardStansfield's Avatar
      RichardStansfield -
      Love it, simple and efficient
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