Making Natural Cordage

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Explore the nature-based survival crafts that reacquaint us with the land and root us in our human ancestry.


It goes without saying that rope is versatile. In land-based survival settings, rope is used in creating trap lines, tethering shelters, tying brushwood bundles, and igniting fire by friction. In our homes, we can use simple, plant-based rope for clothing lines, drying herbs, mounting wall-hangings, and everyday fix-up jobs. The possibilities are infinite, yet with the upswell of interest in foraging and medicine-making, cordage is an often-overlooked dimension of human’s long-felt relationship with the plant world.

In this class, we’ll spotlight the craft of simple cord-rendering. We’ll delve into plant identification, fiber processing, and creating a finished material that is taut, durable, and biodegradable. Along the way, we’ll highlight plants that produce quality cordage and explore how humans have practiced cord-spinning for centuries. Cordage is another wonderful way to develop relationships with local flora through crafting.

About the Instructor: Jaybird

Jaybird is a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, Certified Permaculture Designer, Certified Wildlife Tracker, Wilderness First Responder, ecological steward, and craftsman. Born and raised in the woods of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he spent his childhood exploring the wonders of the forest and on the water. By living close to nature, he believes we can reclaim our natural place in the ecosystem, tending the earth in a manner that strengthens biodiversity and creates a truly regenerative and sustainable future for all life forms. He is the co-founder of the Northern Appalachia School.

Program Notes:

This class will take place outdoors. Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Be prepared for walking on uneven terrain and potentially snowy and/or muddy conditions. Not recommended for children under 15.

All programs are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email in the days preceding the program for any changes or cancellations. You can review our current Cancellation and Refund Policy here

Parking takes place in the field above the farmhouse. 

The cost for this program is $40/person.


July 14th, 2024 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
4945 Horn Rd
York, PA 17406
United States
Phone: (717) 757-6441
Event Fee(s)
Class Fee $40.00