#0041 – Phyre Phryday V/Blog 02/19/2021 – Some Quick Plant Stalk Harvesting

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Hello Global Tribe of PhyreKeepers (GTOP)!

02/19/2021 – Welcome to Phyre Dojo’s 41st Phyre Phryday Vlog.

So, I am trying to fix a bad habit. Well, it’s not necessarily a bad habit as it is a product of a severe lack of time…

In my travels back and forth to see pt.’s and such, I sometimes have a little time to and/or back from the pt.’s home. It’s in these moments that I set aside time in which to Harvest Materials I see on the side of the roads. Especially, places that are far and also might not ever travel back to again. 

After I Harvest said Materials, usually Plant Stalks, I leave them in a large garbage can somewhere in my home or garage. Yes, I said inside the house. The air is drier and the Stalks effectively acclimate to the house’s environment better than the garage – especially in hot and humid summers where stuff can get moldy EASILY, ruining the WHOLE BATCH.

Anyway, I’m trying to PROCESS them from when I 1st Harvested them, which means I QUICKLY tried removing the TOPS and BRANCHES from the main Stalks. But, this is always a rushed Process since I don’t like being parked on the sides of roads looking out of the ordinary and possibly attracting attention.

This week I went through ONE garbage can of Plant Stalks to SECONDARILY PROCESS them. Meaning, I clean them up and cut them to my UNIVERSAL SIZES of (HD) Hand Drill (18″-24″ Length, 3/8″-1/2″ Diameter), (MD) Mouth Drill (5/8″ Diameter 12″-24″ Length), (BD) Bow Drill (9″ Length, 3/4″ Diameter) and/or Various RELOAD Spindles.

Here is this week’s VLOG video, I video’ed myself HARVESTING some YUCCA (Yucca Spp.) from a beach dune area of Keansburg, NJ and then my son Jake video’s me HARVESTING some Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca Serriola), Bull Thistle (Cirsium Vulgare) and some Amaranth (Amaranthus Spp.) from a local strip mall a few blocks from our home in Stewartsville, NJ. I then show the Plant Stalks I PROCESSED from one of my storage garbage cans. They are: Canada Lettuce (Lactuca Canadensis), Bull Thistles (Cirsium Vulgare), Giant Ragweeds (Ambrosia Trifida), and some “non-Phryction Phyre” stalk cordage Milkweeds (Asclepias Spp.).


Yucca (Yucca Spp.): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca

Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca Serriola): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactuca_serriola

Bull Thistle (Cirsium Vulgare): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cirsium_vulgare

Amaranth (Amaranthus Spp.): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth

Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia Trifida): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrosia_trifida

Milkweed (Asclepias Spp.): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias

I always seek out “FLOATING” Quality (HD) Hand Drill Spindles ONLY. It is STILL my personal advice and hypothesis that you should never use (something that looks like a) (HD) Hand Drill Spindle unless you can FLOAT it. But, the ONLY way I really know, is when they are tested before they are shipped out or when I make Sets for myself…



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