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Toddy

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Have you had a shot at making 'Neolithic knotless netting' John ?
It's basically just row upon row of open blanket stitches. Make a shape the size you want of your finished net from the start of your cordage. I usually just make a rectangle, and slip knot it closed (so it can come out if I want to use the cordage again) wrap down the side until you reach the bottom of where you want your mesh to be and then stitch your way across the net using the header line. I stretch out my top line, the header line between two trees or clothes poles.
No unusable again cordage. It will all come undone if necessary but by wrapping it around to make each mesh the net is surprising sound and effective.
Cordage takes a lot of work to make well, they didn't waste it. Your mesh size is only limited by the size of the ball or wrap of cordage that you have to pass through it.

I do make knotted nets but this one's quick and fun, and it's easy to demonstrate, let folks get hands on and can be undone when they're away to tidy it back up again, so it's good for public sites.

It makes a really good pea net or a quick net to bundle up stuff to carry home. Nettles, comfrey, mugwort and the like :)

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Toddy

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If you want a fixed net, then that basic looks like a triskele knot is used worldwide. It locks, it stays locked, but it uses cordage and once made and knotted that cordage isn't recoverable, not with any ease.
The 'neolithic' knotless net is a useful net that doesn't limit the future use of the cordage.
That said there are dozens of netting knots, and include some that stretch to fasten securely over cargo and like.

Having made literally miles of hand made natural rope, I can attest to just how much work is involved in it. Not something to be used thoughtlessly if made in long lengths.
The best I've ever seen was made by Patrick McGlinchey at Backwoods Survival. Absolutely superb :) His netting is a work of art too.

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mr dazzler

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I have a book called "Shaving Horses and Lap Shaves and Other Woodland Vices" by Sean Hellman :)

However, this is the basic sketch I drew up to make my first one using a 150mm (6") ash log split in half. Next time I'll use a wider log :)

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one tip dont skimp on the amount of splay out on the legs. The legs on the first one I built were too vertical and upright. It kept keeling over to the right or the left, not ideal when you are using a draw knife. And if you are using it on grass or soft ground, temporily nail a board acroos the underneath of the legs, and they wont sink in
 

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Could you just attach a seat to make the fence post more comfortable.
Yes you could and some designs (the Dumbhead in particular) have seats that can be moved back and forward. However, 4" jaw width on an English shavehorse may be a bit limiting - probably wide enough for most jobs though.
 
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Everything Mac

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I have a book called "Shaving Horses and Lap Shaves and Other Woodland Vices" by Sean Hellman :)

However, this is the basic sketch I drew up to make my first one using a 150mm (6") ash log split in half. Next time I'll use a wider log :)

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Nice one Broch,
I was actually thinking earlier today I might try and make myself a shave horse from some scraps of plywood I have to keep me busy when I get home.

All the best
Andy
 

John Fenna

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Thanks for the thought :) - I had a good copy years ago... but sold it when times were hard (same time I sold my guns and sword collection... I will never see THE|M again).... times look like getting hard again soon...
 

Broch

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Nothing like the quality of other contributors, but I spent an hour in the garden producing a stool - reading that back ...
Anyhoo, I had a break from hacking and slashing in preparation for planting out.
I'm sure you can get medication for that :)
 
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Snufkin

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I'm now off work, so I've time to tackle a few projects that have been on the back burner for a while. I made my first knife in years, the handle is oiled so I'll let that dry for a week or two then play with it a little before I make a sheath (I hate doing leather work, so unless it becomes a user it'll stay naked). I also have a Terava skrama blade that needs handling. I'm thinking of cutting down the tang and doing a leuku style handle.
I also have a few part finished bows from about 10 years ago that I may have a go at finishing.
 

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Making the most of the good weather I've got the front garden nearly tidied up. Just one small corner left to do but that's going to have to wait until my green bin is emptied which is another week away.

I forgot to do some before pics of the bed by the footpath but it was almost as bad as the one by the house. I don't think they've looked this clean and tidy since we moved into the house 15 years ago

Just have to decide what I can put in all the open spaces but that will have to wait until middle of June when I'm allowed back out to play in the big bad world


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John Fenna

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It was fun doing it!
I was taught by Chris Grace of South Wales Bushcrafters many years ago but this is the first net of any size that I have made. At least it justified the keeping of my four hand carved Netting Needles!
 

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It was fun doing it!
I was taught by Chris Grace of South Wales Bushcrafters many years ago but this is the first net of any size that I have made. At least it justified the keeping of my four hand carved Netting Needles!
Really nice job. Learning netting is another planned activity to keep cabin fever at bay. Thanks for sharing.
 

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I am inventing things for my Scout troop to do as individuals. We're looking at badges that can be completed at home and we're going to have a camp by each Scout spending the night in the garden in a tent or bivouac then posting to our Facebook page.
I'm posting links to YouTube videos which offer bushcrafty projects - personal favourite is to carve 10 notches in 10 minutes following Mors Kochanski's lead.
If anyone has ideas to add, they'd be gratefully received.
ATB
As also a scout leader we need to get our virtual heads together. I’ll create a thread in the morning to help anyone else (including me) come up with badge ideas.
 
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SimonL

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Well - the net is finished ... mainly because I ran out of materials!
About 4 meters long with wooden floats and lead sinkers - and between 800 and 1000 knots!
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I have also got a jacket cut out and ready to sew as well as "homework" projects from work...
Guess someone ought to let John go now...oh, wait a minute - 2 meter distance...sorry John