I'm trying to make rope from tree bark, but I couldn't succeed. Sometimes the cordage is too stiff, sometimes it is too fragile. I tried from a lot of trees available near me. I tried first with 2 very elastic trees that can be bent to make a bow:
- Cornus sanguinea¹
Then I tried with these:
Either my technique was wrong, or a different tree is needed. I tried with fresh bark collected and I tried with bark that I soaked in water for 8 hours. I don't understand something: If I succeed in making something strong that resembles a rock, how do I prevent it from rotting or from drying and crumbling like spaghetti?
¹ This doesn't seem to have an English name, because it is native to Eastern Europe (where I'm from) and Asia. It's something like blood dogwood, but it grows as a tree not a bush.