Opening the area around the needle tongue. This expedient needle and gauge are of tulip poplar, an easily carved but fragile wood. The softer the wood, the thicker the needle should be.
Loading the needle. Push down on the edge as shown, exposing the tongue. First, go around only the tongue three or four times to lock the twine in place, then proceed to wrap.
Wrapping and tying the first mesh. The twine should be doubled all the way around, as shown.
Tying the sheet bend knot, step one. When starting the chain, position the first mesh as shown, go over the gauge, around the back and through the back of the first mesh. Pinch with thumb and forefinger at the bottom of the knot to hold in place. For clarity’s sake, this is not shown in the photos, as it would cover the knot.
Tying the sheet bend knot, step two. Next, throw a loop to the left, pass the needle under the two strands of the mesh from right to left, then over the loop thrown to the left, and tighten as described. The knot should always be pinched with thumb and forefinger as it is completed to keep it tight.
Making the mesh chain.
The chain spread out and ready to be folded and placed on the anchor cord. After folding, insert the anchor cord through the first row of mesh and tie it off.
The chain was folded accordion-style and the first row of mesh placed on the anchor cord. The chain makes up the first two rows of netting and will determine the width of the finished net.
One row of 16 meshes on the gauge. Slide each complete row off before beginning the next row.
The finished section of flat netting. The number of rows tied will determine the length of the net.
Attaching the net to an end ring using a lock stitch.
Detail of finished drawstring. Note the manner in which the ends are threaded and tied so that the cord will not slide out of the end ring.
Looking for a pocket survival net for your outdoor adventures? Why not make one? In just 12 steps, equip yourself with a survival net customized to suit your personal needs. With these simple tools, you will be able to trap animals like the people of the ancient British Isles. The pocket survival net can also serve to catch fish, carry loads, pack clothing and much more. Find out the best use for you!
This article was originally published in the AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN™ Winter 2016 issue #205. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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