I once had a friend that was a chargehand at a car repair shop. He gave me three very large bags made from a heavy duty cotton. These bags originally contained replacement bumpers for cars where once the contents were taken out, these containers were thrown away. What a waste. As you know from my writings everything has got another use and I am the very guy to find a use for them. I sat down one day and took all the stitching out down the sides where they now looked like a big sheet. One of these sheets was cut up and used for a lining for the bottom of my pigeon baskets and as for the other two, they are spread out on the ground when cutting the hedge. All the cuttings fall onto these sheets where once finished they are folded up and the contents emptied into the recycling bin. As I have just said on another post I hate anything to do with gardening but some jobs have to be done. These sheets save a lot of tidying up. Having been reading your post, This material would make fantastic rod bags that would stand any abuse and would last for ever. All you would need is someone that is handy with a sowing machine.Rod bags for cane... is there a best cloth to use. Tried googling the question but gave up.
If you have a particular favourite supplier that would be great too
Ta very much
they are spread out on the ground when cutting the hedge. All the cuttings fall onto these sheets where once finished they are folded up and the contents emptied into the recycling bin. As I have just said on another post I hate anything to do with gardening but some jobs have to be done.
Heavy-duty, missed out the hyphen. Don't ask me about spelling for after writing a 4 or 5,000 word article for a weekly journal every second week for more than 30 years I have not learnt anything, still don't have a clue. It is not me that wants to keep on writing, it is the readers that demand it. I have tried to give it up a few times but what happens is, I end up getting that many letters I spend more time answering them than what it would take writing an article. I don't have to bother that much about the likes of spelling or punctuation for there are people employed to do that. I am not employed, this is a voluntary thing, something to do on a wet day. I only do this to help people out that are less successful than what I was. Because the readers enjoy my articles so much, once they have read them they have passed them on to the likes of gamekeepers etc where I have made quite a few new acquaintances. (That is a massive word for me, had to look that one up) The heading of my articles is always the same, Tales From The Loft And The Countryside.( Always hard to follow a post from a craftsman of written English)
Some posts just strike a chord!
I can’t tell you the amount of materials I have auditioned for that very task.
As well as the other garden related jobs I do, I have in the past travelled a bit teaching topiary.
I’d suddenly get into heavy demand around Derby day ….. which sadly coincided with the best part of the trout season ! One year I totalled up the amount of balls, cones, spirals and linear metres of Box and yew I did. I can’t remember exactly now but I think I did about 60 balls of varying sizes and well over half a kilometre of hedge, mostly about 40 cm high with hand shears. I can’t tell you what it does to your back at the end of the day , and your elbows !Thats when I thought “Screw it!” I’ll just offer to teach their gardeners how to do it from now on.
Now my shears only come out for a few clients whose gardeners are practically inept at such things , or want to get the power shears out, or the hedges have been cut badly and need remedial action.
(Any way I find a very fine subtle mesh is best for that job especially under box hedges).
I really like the ethic of reusing and improvising and your cloth bags sound great, but I’m wondering was this in the days of chrome bumpers?
I think a thread of improvised materials for fishing related usages would be great for a closed season discourse. Or has it been done !
thanks all for the replies
ps I found a very very rare spelling mistake in one of your posts, can I claim a fiver ?
@b13rux bought one of these for his Sage Dart project. He is pleased with it and I have seen it, a high quality bag it is.Just ordered one of these. Not arrived yet
Only a very few families who have been wearing locally adopted tartans since before the time of Culloden could possibly lay claim to any particular pattern of weave. Most tartans claiming to be 'clan' tartans are anything but.....Brilliant, only in this day and age could someone be offended by a tartan rod bag
please feel free to descend all you like, i expected two answers at the most ,I'm surprised its still going and its fast becoming favourite rod bags . What are the steve parton ones like?Since this has descended from the original question I'd like to say I have a couple custom made by Steve Parton.