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Ethnology of Tokelau Islands

Canoe-lashing Needle

Canoe-lashing Needle

A needle ingeniously improvised from a coconut-leaflet midrib is used for leading sennit braid through the lashing holes of a canoe hull. One end of the midrib piece is split and one of the loose strands at the end of the sennit lashing is inserted and wound about one arm of the split. Then a second strand is twisted about both, holding the sennit firmly enough to allow it to be brought through the lashing holes.