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Chenille Container
By Steven H. McGarthwaite

In last weeks episode of Tying Tips, I wrote on a variation of the 35 mm film canister, for use in storing dubbing material.

I made mention of the "Steaming Chenille" article, previously written by George E. Emanuel. George mentioned how easy the chenille comes out of the canister. I believe him, it really does, trouble is how do you get it into the canister without ending up with a birds nest.

Here is the simple solution to the problem, Old Keep It Simple Simon to the rescue again.

After you have steamed the chenille to get all the kinks out of the material, you need to do a reverse wrap.

What? You may ask is a reverse wrap? Simply it is a wrap that starts on the inside core, ending at the exterior. The chenille in this case is then pulled thru the hole in the center of the canister, freely without restriction or tangling.

You will need the following tools. A long pencil (or dowel of similar size), and a prepared 35mm film container. (See last week's Tying Tips.)

Tape the chenille to the pencil, with the tag end at the point of the pencil, then tape again just beyond the actual height of the film container, holding the chenille perpendicular to the pencil. Then holding the tag end of the chenille at the pointed end of the pencil, begin rotating the pencil, wrapping the chenille along the axis of the pencil from the eraser end, toward the pointed end.

Stop and reverse direction when you get a length of wrapped chenille that is slightly less than the inside depth of the 35 mm canister.

Continue back and forward until you have a bundle of chenille that will just fit into the canister.

When placing the chenille into the canister, keep it on the pencil. Making sure the tag end of the chenille on the inside core, is protruding thru the hole. Remove the tape.

Then with your fingers, holding the chenille in place slowly remove the pencil from the canister. Then close the canister with the lid. Now when you pull the chenille out of the 35 mm canister, the chenille will not get tangled or become misshapen.

Bonus: This trick also works on Swiss Straw and other materials that can be similarly stored.

Please check out the Fly Tying Section, in the Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.

If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Someone else thought up most of this material before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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