Saturday, 15 March 2008

Rib bone netting needle

I found this old rib bone while out walking and it occurred to me that it might make a very good netting needle for.

As I abraded the edges with a piece of flint I noticed the bone possessed two laminated layers.

I battened my knife between the layers to split the bone in half.

I used a piece of flint to abrade the edges of the bone to produce the basic needle shape. I made a prototype pump drill with a flint tip, to drill a series of holes through the bone. Using a piece of flint to connect the holes, I formed the tongue of the needle. I completed the needle by using a combination of an abrasive stone and a piece of file, to smooth the edges of the needle. The completed needle is 220mm long and 22mm wide.

Here are the tools I used to make the needle.

and here you can see some of the netting I have made with it.


asemery said...

I admire your bone netting needle. I have added a link to your blog at the "nets and net making" forum at:

so that others interested in net making can see it. Please look the site over. Tony

Fenlander said...

Hi Tony, I was inspired by the work of Patrick at Backwoods Survival School so you should take a look there as well.