If at first you don’t succeed, try try
again! Hi folks I’m Craig Taylor and as always
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videos in recent weeks I’ve been on a week-long
intermediate wilderness Bush cuff course with Paul Kelly and some of his team
from frontier bushcraft it was a fantastic week if you want to find out
more about what I did during that week then check out the video that I’m both
linking to in the top of the screen now but also that I’m gonna link to at the
very end of this video had some real successes over the whig lots of things
that worked lots of things that I want to I want to work again there are also a
few things that didn’t work but I really really wish that they had one of them
was not next making I really enjoyed the net making I got quite a feel for that
and got into quite a flow and made quite an impressive net but the only reason I
was able to make a net was because Henry from the frontier team loaned me a net
making needle to make the net the reason he had to loan me a net making needle to
make the net is because after three not one not two but three failed attempts at
making the next needle I just gave up threw them up in the air had a little
bit of a temper tension to myself and basically said it’s beaten me so I
didn’t actually make a net needle on the course but I really really want to
because I really enjoyed the process despite having to repeat it three times
and I really enjoyed the process of making and net so I’ve come out to the
woods today I’ve got it’s still quite fresh in my head about what it is that I
need to do I also took a photograph of the the
blueprint for want of a better word that’s appearing on your screen now that
Henry provided to us as to the dimensions of this particular
net needle so I’ve got I’ve got a copy of that photograph to hand as well to
guide me I’ve collected some local woodland today the area that I mean is
absolutely awash it is it is overrun with Sycamore and in fact lots of this
not all of this it’s beyond me actually but lots of this that you can see behind
me here a lot of that is just sick and well that hasn’t had the opportunity to
thrive because of its just being it’s just been encroached out by the rest of
it of everything else that’s here so there’s a decent green piece here I’m
gonna take this down I’m not just gonna take it down for the net needle that
would be away so I’m actually gonna have it some other pieces from it as well to
take back into to wrap up put in the freezer for some spoon carving at a
later date but today it’s all about felling this relatively small piece of
Sycamore here and going through that net needle making process again so why not
join me just refer him back to that blueprint
that I showed earlier on those dimensions that were shown we’re finger
span so two four fingers four fingers and then one and a half fingers I’m
actually gonna go for then go for two fingers and give myself just a little
bit of extra wiggle room at the end so two four four one and a half flush so so
I can now take this round off all of this at the end where my pencil is now
wastage so I can take that off and can stack see where it’s not to get down and
dirty as I’m showing this excess off here what I’m trying to do is I’m
desperately trying to keep the end of this as a square and as true as I can
because the square and true it is the easier and more stable it’s going to be
when I stand it upright on a log so baton it so I’m trying to keep it as
a square and choose I can entirely sure I achieved that but it’s
close enough just looking end on now to this this
round of wood here you’ll notice that I’ve marked out the center of the wood
here if I bring it a little closer you’ll see I hope that I’ve just
scribbled some lines here to indicate that that’s wastage it’s also a wastage
on the outside of the round here and the outside of the round there so it’s these
areas here where I’m laying my pencil now and now that I’m really interested
in the inner and the outer I’m gonna get rid of I hope if the baton goes well what you probably can pick up on camera
cuz I can barely hear it this is unbuttoning this I can actually hear the
fibres sort of splitting and cracking so rather than just blindly keep but
tonguing through this I’m actually letting the wood do some of the work and
just seeing just seeing if that’s going to help me get a much smoother plane if
letting the wood do the work rather than me yeah you very much doubt you can hear
that but I can just hear it popping and squeaking and cracking and splitting so
I’m gonna let the wood find its own way and hope that that gives me less work to
do shaving this into a nice flat plane in a few minutes time before I show you
what I’ve done here he’s probably only fair credit where credit’s due to say
that I’m not the only one out in the woods today
doing a little carving project as well she’s keeping herself entertained under
the tree at the moment scraping back off the back of a piece of Sycamore
the back of a backhoe Laplander and then then my attention will be much more
closely honor when she actually starts to use her knife herself to do a little
bit of carry I think she’s carving a wand or a double-ended spear as she
quite graphically explain it to me everyone myself look at this round then
there’s the round there I hope you can see is excuse the Mac one points let’s
get the old pencil out no she’s tweaked there’s the center that I said was
wastage there’s the outer that I said was wastage there’s the outer that I
said was wasted you can probably see the baton lines here so if we get rid of
that’s hot powder if we get rid of the bottom outer if we get rid of the center
piece what I’m left with are these two relatively fast smoother than they we’re
on the course pieces of Sigma this one slightly thinner than this one I think
this one’s to be able to be honest is is closer to the thickness that it should
be compared to this one but I’ve carved two out because let’s be honest with my
track record on this I’d rather have one in reserve than be solely working on one
in case that goes wrong so two side-by-side but it’s probably going to
be this piece that I’m actually gonna be working on this afternoon looking back
at that blueprint again we can see that this piece of wood is it’s probably the
best part of four fingers wide there it should actually be two finger widths and
it’s clearly twice that so what I’m going to do is I’m going to take this
roughly the center or two fingers width in the center rather than the edges my
thinking is that the edges are more liable to distortion and cracking and
warping than the center so I’m gonna I’m good
childish humor I’m going did it again I’m going to take this the end the
center of this plank of wood and card the outer edges I now need to mock
up two fingers width top to bottom left to right and then curve off the excess I guess it’s a good job that I didn’t need
that in a power all because somebody’s requisitioned it I’ve got to this stage
now there’s my two fingers laid on it and yeah i think i think it’s marginally
more at both ends but to be honest i can always take that off i can add it back
on so fractionally over the two fingers if i recall some of the the net needles
i saw last week and i used last week this was very definitely the sort that
the left-to-right the span of it so i’m not overly concerned this is this
appears to be marginally more than two fingers what i’m going to do now is to
take my knife and just just start to calves along and i’m trying to take this get into focus
it comes and goes so you can get some to focus for you oh don’t move a muscle trying to get
that rough grained edge as smooth as possible this side is certainly much worse than
this side and of course by doing that I’m also going to be reducing
fractionally but importantly the overall depth of it as well
I think I’m happy with where I’ve got to with this it’s as flat as I can get it I
tend to find that as I’m trying to weave in out one high area I’m just creating a
low area and everything else looks looks like the high area I’m I’m chasing the
error I guess you could say but I think this is good enough I think that once
this is has had the shape added to it and had some of the material removed as
part of the the netting needle creation process I think will be I think will be
on here I just hope I don’t look back and think I wish I’d made it thinner
because once I start to to move beyond this stage it’s gonna be impossible to
take extra bulk out so this is where we are this is as brave as I feel this is
as soon as I feel brave going let’s see what I can come up with this is where
I’ve got to so far let me just bring that in his close account and keep it in
focus and in frame so there’s my effort so far
and again I’m bringing upon the screened of the blueprint that we were shown the
spiky end is two fingers then four fingers then four fingers then one point
five fingers at this end here so two fingers four for one and a bit at this
end here that’s the thickness I’ve got it too so far I still think it’s a
little too thick it worries me immensely because of being Willer about asunder it
worries me immensely because of what I know is going to come next I’ve got to
this stage three times previously so this is the fourth time I’ve got to this
stage and on all three previous occasions like I’ve mentioned it split
and things I’ve done differently this time to help me draw straight edges on
this I’ve actually used something which to be honest I was carrying with me last
week it just didn’t dawn on me the edge of my compass is of course a nice clean
clinically straight edge so I’ve used that to draw most of the straight edges
on here I’ve used it to draw the centerline on here by measuring the the
depth of this and joining the dots up so again I was carrying the kit with me
just I guess being caught up in the moment didn’t think about using the kit
that I was carrying to make this job a little easier what I now have to do and
I got my pencil on the other left there we go what I now have to do is this area
here I’m moving the pencil tip all of that has to be carved out and removed
and it worries me because it’s that part that previously kept splitting a minute
it was splitting up in this direction in this area up here was really ruining
things so so help me combat that everything I’ve done so far today I’ve
used my Mora Garbo to do it if I actually brought out my Mora 106 or 120
I don’t think it matters but I brought out a small more a carving knife which i
think is just gonna give me that little extra finesse I’m grinning because
that’s a word that was used a lot last week he’s gonna give me a lot of extra
finesse to carve out this section here at least in my head it is let’s get
let’s get the knife on the case and let’s get my big clumsy paws on the
knife and see if that and if that rings true I definitely feel like a bit of a
faker here because eh I’ve never done this successfully and be well yeah be
the same as a I’ve never done this successfully so I’m not going to sort of
talk through what I’m doing here and how I’m doing it because I’m clearly not an
expert and also I need all of my cognitive brain
focusing power focusing on doing this and not explaining how to do and
capturing but in a nutshell the area that I’m tracing around now with the tip
of this carving knife I’m going to scroll along this with the carving knife
cut down into the wood let me just hold it still go under again cut down into
the wood scroll around it and then I’m very gradually going to start to peel
and pop and flake out all of this area in here that I’ve previously highlighted
with a pencil all of that will disappear that’s the theory hasn’t worked to date
I see no reason why it’s going to work today which is why I’m going to kill the
camera now get on with it I’ll certainly kill the dialog get on with this and
fingers crossed and in what will be in video time just a few seconds time
should hopefully be able to come up for air and show you what I’ve done here I found quite interested in doing it the
second time around is that this seems to be a lot of a very fine
I guess it’s almost constructive splintering as you can see I’m sort of
scoring I hope you can see them I’m scoring the wood I’m putting stop cuts in the either end
of where those scores are there’s no stop cut needed at this end
as you can see because this it will just run off and that’s just a case of sort
of prying I can assure you where I’ve scored the wood if then just kind of think you can kind of pick that up it
just kind of flake something very small splinter so like unlike spoon carving
where I guess you’re making very deliberate cuts or very deliberate
scoops and that everything is very finely so very deliberate this
completely so maybe I’m doing this wrong this feels a little more scrappy still
constructive you know I’m constructively splintering this wooden and gouging it
out but it just I guess it’s just a different mindset to spoon carving or
carving anything else that I’ve done today so get those two get the material
as you can see this side so far is gone remarkably well it needs tidying up it
needs something around the edges absolutely it does but in terms of the
material that’s been removed hopefully you can see now this area is missing and
I’m gonna replicate it here so we’ve now got this needle here will be gouged out
at least that’s a theory if I can finish this half as cleanly and and hassle-free
as I finished this half I think we’re gonna be in good shape for the rest of
the needle hey there we have it what I said there
we have it there is the bulk of the the scruffy
work done it clearly needs charging up it needs those splinters removing in
each chamfering but in terms of the hard work or the the tricky work there you
beat me on the intermediate so so far I’ve got plus I hope this isn’t one of
these stories or I think whew I’ve got pasta and the next step it all falls
apart but I think if I can get this turned it up without screwing it up then
it’s just a case of carving this into a point
and gouging this this u-shape here now it’s a new shape out I think we very
good for remember earlier on in this video when I said that I’d carve this
once and it split twice and it split three times and it split on the
intermediate course so I was coming out here to do it again guess what it didn’t
split we have it there’s my next needle I’m confident I could use this right now
to make a net but I’m going to go home and I’m just gonna tidy up chamfer the
edges make it comfortable to use in the hand make sure that as the cordage is
slipping over this that there are no rough edges that could the cordage could
get caught up or could start to fray the college or anything like that so little
bit of TLC on this when I get home with my more a carving knife but essentially
and I think on this occasion I’ve cracked it there is my knitting needle
so now that I’ve cracked this fingers crossed I can get it home in one piece
expect to see in the near future me using this to actually make a net if I
can remember how to do that so thanks for sticking with this video little bit
of an unusual one Morris you know I wasn’t really an instructional video
hope you’ve picked a few things up if you’ve
never carved a netting needle don’t use this video as advice on how to do it but
maybe these videos are served with some inspiration for you to go and search out
something in a book or a magazine or an article or a video or something like
that if you fancy and trying your hand at one of these it’s a good exercise it
was different to cut in many ways it was the same as carving a spoon very very
similar technique same safety your considerations in other ways I think it
was very de very very different in terms of the sort of techniques that I used to
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11 thoughts on “How To Make A Netting Needle”

  1. Excellent Video Craig was very interested! ATB my friend ☕️😉👍🏼🌲🛶🍂🐿🔥🐺🍁🏕🦊🌱⛺️🦗🐞🦌🦝🥓🐻☀️🇺🇸

  2. Craig, Although it isn't exactly bushcrafting, I've made several really good quality netting needles with some #10 solid bare copper wire, just bend the straight pieces into the outer perimeter shape of the needle into form and another straight piece up the center to make the pin. Then solder them together along the straight part in a few spots. Works well and doesn't snag the cord with splinters as you sew the net. BTW, if you drill a hole to cut the wood fibers it will usually stop the wood from splitting……. Jim

  3. Hi Craig,

    Woo hoo! Great job! Looks like a tricky carving experience. It turned out great though! I can't wait to see you use it!

    Thanks for another great video and keep up the great work!

  4. Hi Craig,
    A good insight into what to expect on the intermediate course, also good to see you letting the young ones get to know the tools, the best way to keep them safe is teach them young, I was taught to use an axe aged 10, because we had a woodshed for the open fire and my dad said if he gets in he needs to know what can happen, I am now 51 and have never had a scratch off an axe, chainsaw or maul, keep the kids safe but teach them how to use the equipment they may find in the house, looking forward to seeing that net, as you are close to the coast may be we could see it in action 😀.
    Many thanks,

  5. Hi Craig! Congratulations! Well done! Ray Mears himself could not have carved it better! 🙂 No, I am really happy you made it. Because I want to see you using it making a net. ATB André

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