There seems to be a whole hemp subculture these days, but all I’m thinking about here are the hemp tsuru. Considering their cost and relatively short lifetime, I began wondering if I could make my own. There isn’t a lot of information available about that. Most of the pages about making tsuru talk about the tsuruwa, or the nakajikake. I went to a hardware store and found some hemp twine of about the right thickness, but… what to do with it? These are the only web documents I’ve managed to find so far:
- A five-year-old blog entry
- A even older interesting, but partial, description by the people who make Fuji tsuru. It’s a case study for the use of pine products by Harima, which appears to be a great source of pine resin… 30kg at a time.
- An interesting page on making the tsuru for people who practice Western archery
I wonder if anyone out there has more information? Someday when I have a lot of time (when will that be?) I’d like to do more of this sort of thing.