Storing Paracord - the Tamale

Discussion in 'How To' started by asemery, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. asemery

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    Bruce Grant in his "Leather Braiding" book presents an interesting method of storing cord that he calls a "Tamale".
    I used a 4" wide board here and 10 1/2' of 325 paracord.
    Attach Standing End to fixed point.
    There are 6 steps in the process.
    1. Wrap cord around board.
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    2. Bring side Up and Over to new position.
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    3. Bring edge A clockwise 180 degrees.
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    4. Wrap cord around board.
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    5. Turn side A counter-clockwise 180 drgrees.
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    6. Bring side A Up and Over to original position.
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  2. asemery

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    Repeat steps 1 - 6

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  3. asemery

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    Continue until a few inches remain. Wrap working end around the loops and tuck tag end through the wrap making a half hitch.

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    The bundle can be stored as is or hung by a carabiner placed through right hand loops. To deploy pull on standing end.
     
  4. asemery

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    Bruce Grant actually shows the "tamale"made by wrapping around left hand. This is fine for thinner material but because width of palm is limited it is not suitable for thicker material.
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    Twist palm up
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    Wrap
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    Twist palm down
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    Repeat
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  5. asemery

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    Daisy Chain Circle

    Pull tag end from loop 1 and deploy as much cord as required.
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    Cut cord at point A (bight of loop) releasing the needed cord and tighten by pulling on new end.
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  6. asemery

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    In the past few weeks I have tried many ways of storing paracord from the "Tamale" the first post in this thread.
    This works best when tied around palm of hand with thinner cord. Holds a lot. With heavier cord tying around a board is do-able but a bit awkward.

    The Daisy Chain Circle . This holds a lot of paracord in a comopact bundle but takes a LONG time to set up.
    Also called the "Paracord Doughnut" see [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUwb1iYTElc[/ame] for how to - much neater than my circle.

    In my (very) humble opinion the "Figure-Eight" set-up is the best method. It is easy make and easy to deploy the cord as desired.
    I made a loom by drilling peg size holes in a piece of scrap lumber and placing a tie off (eye screw) a few inches away from the first hole. Board extends another few inches to right with another hole.
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    One peg goes in the first hole. By changing the position of the other peg I can adjust the size of the Figure -Eight. I will not show here how to make the figure-eight. Google to find many links
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    You can keep the loops on the loom when tying off the Working End. To deploy just pull on the end that was tied onto the eye screw.