30 December 2016

Making lime bast rope

"Making a rope from lime bast, the way it's been done for thousands of years in Norway.

Rope maker Ingunn Undrum and boat building apprentice Dennis Bayer head out to harvest the bark of lime trees (linden tree), in the spring when the sap is rising.

The paper thin layers of bast... need to soak for a long time in the sea to separate. The water in the Hardanger fjord is cold even during summer, so the bark is soaking until fall, for 3-4 months.

Rope maker Sarah Sjøgreen lays the bast rope, and makes a traditional carrying rope with three strands, for transporting the cut grass during hay making season. The bast is naturally water proof, and rots very slowly compared to other rope materials. This explains why it has been found intact in viking excavations dating back to the 800s."
Related: How to make rope from grass.

1 comment:

  1. tech paper https://forestry.oxfordjournals.org/content/78/1/65.full.pdf History, manufacture and properties of lime bast cordage in northern Europe



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