I discovered your real great website some two weeks ago when I was in search for information on nettle cordage / nettle string.
Iím a hobby bowyer and would like to experiment with plant fibers as bowstring. Besides Iím of course also making arrows from shouts. Iím also producing my own rawhides and work with birch bark.
This weekend I made some trials with nettle fibers that I twisted according to the information given on this site: http://www.arthurhaines.com/reverse-wrap-cord.htm (Reverse-Wrap Method) and now have several questions.
1. Does anybody know if there is a plant fiber that is as strong or at least whose strength can be compared to a gut string? The fiber I made for bowstring was 3mm (1/8Ē) thick and broke after having applied a tension of 67#. That means that a nettle fiber string, twisted the above way is far less stronger than a gut string.
Broken string: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ockenfiber.jpg
I could get hemp fiber how about that? I donít want to use linen because I could only get industrial produced linen which I donít want.
2. Does anyone knows another methode of twisting fiber which makes very strong cordage / string? The author of the above website says that ďThis manner of splicing is probably the easiest method (though it is also one of the weakest ways; several other stronger methods also exist)ď
Thanks for your help
PS: Is there a possibilty to post pics?