stringmaker’s dream

At the end of Septemebr I stripped lime bark from small branches and left them soaking in the stream. This softened them enough to release the bast fibres just under the outer layer of bark. After about 4 weeks of fairly mild weather they were ready to separate. after drying in the kitchen they  are now stored and ready for use. They are lovely to work with, very smooth, long and strong, so suitable for making very fine string.

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