By Steven Edholm
For many years, Tamara and I would teach leg rolling at our classes and at various primitive skills events. We were real excited about it and started to see the usual hand twisting taught by most books and instructors at the time, as sort of grade school level cordage making. Leg rolling was slow to catch on for some reason, but it now seems to be more common, as it should be. This short post is about leg rolling as compared to some other methods, and why is it worth learning, even if you don’t use it all the time.
For making cordage without any props or gizmos, leg rolling is the worldwide norm. It may have been slow to catch on in the primitive skills scene, but it seems almost universal among traditional cultures. Leg rolling is common because it’s fast. The cord is rolled on the thigh or calf with the flat palm, usually in an up and then down motion. With a little set up, a push down the thigh with the flat hand, and a pull back up the thigh, you’ll usually have 5 to 6 inches of cordage or so. (more…)