Here I will post photos and share ideas on things I like to make and like to do. For some time now I am interested in making things from paracord and any other kind of rope I can get my hands on. I am still in a learning curve.I will try to answer any question and any help, advice from Your side is more then welcome. Click Older Posts at the bottom of the last post on each page or search the Archive for more.
I know it
has pass but I have to share it with you.
the last Valentine's day I decided that it is time that my bellowed wife gets a
any true bushcrafter - advanturer
ready for anything, month before Valentine's day I started my journey to China.
Arriving there, wandering its vastness,
I came across a rare animal, a water buffalo. That moment I realized that I
found what I was looking for. Let me explain. The skin from the tail of that
magnificent animal is considered today an ideal gift for Valentine's Day
because the procedure of "removing" the strings of skin from that
animal while still alive is so dangerous and hazardous that all wives around
the world consider that to be the unique proof of love and sacrifice.
story short, I manage to accomplish that task without any injury, and get home right on time to donate that
gift to my bellowed one.
skin tape alone seemed to me somehow ordinary, and I decided to create a form
appropriate to the event.
I am not skillful artist with making from leather, I asked for advice my good
old wise friend "Google" who transferred me to his old buddy
"Youtube" from whom I got advice how that exquisite peace of leather
can become a piece of art worthily of my beloved one.
primitive tools I found at home,
And in a
hurry to finish before my darling arrive home from work, I started with my work
followed with wise guidance from old "Youtube".
advices me to make "Expanded Turks head" version of bracelet revised
in "Gaucho/Spanish ring" because that complicated style together with
that exquisite peace of leather obtained on such a difficult way will surely
show her how much I love her.
finally finished with my work I hide the bracelet between "salix
caprea" (Willow flower)
harvested at the very tops of the mountain "Špansko marketplace"
my work my oldest daughter added her work made from the scraps leftbehind as her gift to her mother.
arrived (where the hell was she so long) home my wife was first happy to see me alive after my adventure and
after she saw the "present of love" her happiness blow out the sky…
On the hand of the bellowed one…
look, just to be aware why the water buffalo skin is so valued (suppleness,
softness, fineness,..), and to see my punctilious work.
someone is interested here is the path to old "Youtube"
Like all other "bushcrafters" I decided to make my own hand made firesteel, too.
Provision of materials was a quite simple. Piece of tick birch branch, piece of beechwood along with cheap firesteel ferrocerium rods from ebay. Pattex Total glue and Tung oil.
The rest of the materials and tools I already had at my home.
For start I decided what shape I want to carve, measured the material, roughly cut it with saw and knife, carve it, and processed them with rasps and sandpaper. On the end I got two final shapes with witch I was satisfied.
Since "first phaze" was over I decided to treat myself with some sandwich and juice.
I returned to my working post and spoted that oval shape i made is missing. No, it is not!
It is in the kitchen, bathroom, in my pocket, under the table…. No ti wasn't.
I couldn't find it anywhere.
Already a bit crazy i looked at my "best friend and faithful companion" resting place.
"Egg shape" and the "Designer"
I do not know why but she was not satisfied with one of the shapes, so she decided to "redesign it" :)))))
I throw her about 4 times from the fourth floor balkony, chased her with my
shoe andyell at her with a "series of
gentle words" I remembered that it is not all gone, there is still one
finished and not "redesigned" peace left.
So I calm down and proceeded with work
I made a serious of small cuts in firesteel rod, for better glue reception, drilled holes for firesteel rod and lanyard, cutt and prepare the brass rod for glueing, glued it all, pushed the firesteel rod in to the handle and brass rod in to the lanyard hole.
To be shore that this time everything will be OK, I tightened all (very tight) with cramp (or squeezer) and left it overnight to dry.
In the morning….
Well…I was so furious that I even did not made a photo of my "masterpeace". In few words, the handle broke all over the length… So much about tightening!
Result - 2 of 2 destroyed
Some time passed. Firesteel rod was just lying there.
I had some days off, so I was occupied with our daughters and, of course, our bellowed "designer".
The devil in me just won't rest. I remembered that friend of mine left me some "exotic wood scraps" for playing with.
Maybe I could….
So, third attempt
Peace of wood I choose was beautifully variegated but also full with small cracks.
So I think to myself, it does not have to be standard shape firesteel handle.
Let's give this peace a meaning…
At some point of that process I was with my friend explaining to him the purpose of firesteel and what I am planing to do… He said to me: "Leave the peace rough as it is. It looks good to me just as it is."
I was thinking, OK, anyway I will give it to him as a gift on the end.
This time before final processing I pushed and glued the firesteel rod and tightened it very gently while waiting for glue to dry. Only after that I started with final work.
After "playing with it in the park"
Working on it a little bit on our local city lake "Bundek" (In Zagreb, Croatia) while daughters were playing in the shallow:
And the end result - I present you the.........................."RUSTIC"
Today I will give it to friend. I hope it will serve him well.
Recently I purchase EnZo PK70 CPM S30V Slip Joint Folder so i decided to add a lanyard to it.
I was looking for something decent for it and on the end I decided to go with "Square Sinnet". I choose black and gray "flat paracord" for it.
I like the combination very much and the folder itself is perfect for me. I is 3 5/8 closed 2 5/8 with Carbon Fiber Handle.
Today is hot and we are at our apartment waiting for our younger daughter to wake up from the afternoon sleep. My older daughter was bored and she wanted me to teach her some "tying".
I have some heap Chinese reflective paracord around with bright "summer" collors.
Perfect for that "Project".
So we started with some basic lanyard knot and finished with few "Square sinnets".
We followed instructions from Stormdrane's blog for lanyard knot, and we followed YouTube video tutorial for "Square knot lanyard". After we finished I took the picture of all of them together. We were both please with our work and time spended together (arround 2 hours to finish them all). We made one for her sister too.
Guess who made which one?
get some paracord to my hands. I bought it in my own town in local
The price is
much higher then on Ebay or Amazon or some Chinese sites but I couldn't wait to
get my hands on it. So...
It is Type
III 550 Lbs type of paracord. I started to play around with itand trying to figure out what do I want to do
with it. What and how to tie :))
end as my first paracord project I started to practice few simple knots and it finished
as small lanyard for my butane torch lighter.
I tied couple of two strands lanyard knots or "diamond knots" as they call them and then "finished" with two celtic button knots. It looks like heavy installation for that lighter but since my waist bag is full of staff it is easy to find it inside.
I have to learn how to precisely melt the ends because it looks pretty bad if You do not pay attention to that details. But I am proud at myself because I manage to do it from first attempt following the video tutorial.
The internet is full of "paracord and rope projects" and I am amazed how many beautiful and practical things can be done with it.
The other thing about it is that it is something that occupies me and give me a peace in mind while playing with it. Sometimes it is frustrating and funny how my brain can not understand the tutorial together with my clumsy fingers. But when the "project" is finished...
For some time now I am hooked in tying various types of knots and trying to make something pretty and functional at the same time from various rope types.
For that new passion I "blame" my "brothers by interests" from my "home forum"
Survival forum Croatia , Croatian forum full of fantastic girls and guys who does not just talk about bushcraft, survival, knives and various gadgets and equipment, but try to practice that kind of life, enjoying the nature and its gifts to us, making beautiful items from wood, metal (fantastic knives) by their own hands, testing the various equipment, sharing their experience and knowledge, ...
Since I have two beautiful young daughters my nature exploration is now catted to long walks not too far from home , and short trips in to "wild" with my family. I just hope that some of that love for nature and exploration of it, will still stay in them when they grow up.
So playing with knots and ropes is kind of "staying connected" with "survival community", and I found great joy in it since the product (however unperfect) of my hands is tangible.
I am still in learning curve but it is much easier to learn something these days (thanks to global connection) especially with so many good people willing to share their knowledge.