Category Archives: Fiber

Plans to Grow Hemp in Zambia & Turkey

My company is looking to grow Industrial Hemp in Zambia as well as Turkey. We own farms now in both countries and we would like to switch our crops to Industrial Hemp for fiber production as well as seeds for the food markets. We are trying to get permission to grow this crop in both these countries. If anyone has any helpful knowledge regarding this, please contact me at: r.kimes@siglobal.co. Robert Kimes

Hemp in Tuscany

Margaret Baravalle, founder of Assocanapa and Felice Giraudo, historic president, explain how important it is to revive Tuscany’s long tradition of industrial hemp cultivation and the Italian variety called “Carmagnola.”

Since the sixteenth century, Italian hemp was considered the best in the world and the most valuable seed was the” Carmagnola,” which was grown in the Turin area. The shipbuilding industry relied heavily on hemp. Hemp was also used in the military as a versatile and durable material.

In the twentieth century, hemp production almost disappeared around the world.  But Italy maintained its commitment to hemp. Carmagnola was produced for seed and Caserta was grown mainly for fiber. Since 1990 Italy has managed to change the law for the cultivation of hemp and the market is reopening. Important germplasm has been preserved for the “Carmagnola”, the “CS” and “Fibranova.” Hemp is being used today in the textile industry, in the pharmaceutical industry, in the food sector (oil, flour, etc..), and in the construction sector. 

For more information (in Italian), please visit:  http://www.toscanapa.com

Putting PT 728 Back in Action

My name is Scott Sondles and I am the Co-founder of HempStrong LLC, a hemp based consumer product company from Columbus, OH USA. We plan on specializing in hemp body care, hemp supplements and hemp clothing. I am also currently writing a book regarding the legalization of industrial hemp in America.

I am looking for a company to work with to use hemp fibers to replace the hull of a PT boat (Patrol Torpedo boat) from World War 2. My father is the head director of the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio and his non-profit has purchased one of two PT boats that are still in working condition. They are stripping the boat after discovering the wood under the deck had absorbed too much water.

Here is information and a picture of the boat, with more photos here. This boat is very unique in America and has gotten a large amount of press the past year including a blurb in USA Today.

These boats were originally made from wood, but the previous owner of PT 728 had redone the entire hull with fiberglass. This allows the owner of the boat to legally take passengers on board and make money. The only other PT boat that is functioning is still made of wood so it can’t take passengers (it’s in Oregon right now). PT 728 currently has half of its underside stripped and they are repairing the inner wooden ribs right now.

After learning that the owner is looking to use an alternative to glass fiber, I educated him on the possibility of using hemp and he is very interested. His museum likes the idea of possibly marketing the “Hemp for Victory” campaign since the museum specializes in World War 2. This could help educate American consumers about the potential of industrial hemp.

Do you know of any companies which could help with this project?

Thanks, Scott Sondles

Industrial Hemp Investing Question

I am interested in supporting the industrial aspect of the hemp industry – production of paper, car interiors, upholstery stuffing, carpeting, work clothing, fuel, etc. – by investing in companies which manufacture these things from hemp. I am a  horticulturist who cares deeply about our earth’s health and see this as an opportunity to help. Could you please steer me in this direction? Robert Bourne

Hemp Yarn from High Himalayas

Nest Creation is collecting hemp yarn from high Himalayan range of Nepal and selling all over the world. If you need hemp yarn for any kind of purpose please mail me at fiberofhemp@yahoo.com

Ram Sharan Neupane <fiberofhemp@yahoo.com>

Casting

Where can I buy hemp in bales (like straw type bales). I want to use with plaster for casting in model making. I need a bale to make sure that to cover a large model. Dave, David Burtle,  humdgb@msn.com

How to Clean Hemp Bell Ringing Rope?

Bell ringers have dirty hands and the ropes get soiled. I need to clean the ropes as the soiling destroys the natural plyability of the rope. How? Dry clean? Wash? Or buy new rope? Reply please to my email. Thanks, Eugene

Hemp Rope Sources?

#1. Is high quality marine-grade hemp rope in 1-inch to 3-inch diameter available? And from where?
#2. I was wondering if you had any wholesale resources for 3mm-8mm hemp rope preferably manufactured in Japan, China, Taiwan or Spain. But any resources you have would be great. Josef Saunders

A #1. Dear Josef Saunders, Our company will be able to supply you with a wide selection of hemp ropes. Please contact us with your requirements.
Best regards, Peter Nyari, TMI Co. http://www.trademarker1.com

Hemp Fiber for Refractory Castables

We are looking for six mm length abaca fiber or hemp fibre to be used in refractory castables application. Kindly let us know some manufacturers who are making short fibres. N.U.Patel & Co, Gujarat, India.

Hemp Felt Insulation and Horticultural Mats

I am writing to enquire about needle-punched and non-woven hemp felt blankets for use in insulation and also as a horticultural growing medium. Could you tell me whether you have a distributor/representative in Greece so that I can get samples and purchase your products?

Hemp for Knitting?

Where I could buy hemp yarn for knitting sweaters and other types of clothing. See, I can knit, and would like to knit myself some hemp clothing because to buy hemp clothing as it is, is way too expensive. Could you tell me anywhere I could purchase it in Calgary, Alberta, Canada or maybe order it online somewhere. I know lots of places to find twine and rope but what I want is hemp that is used to make clothing. Thank you very much, I looking forward to your answer.

#4. www.Hemp-Sisters.com has a large selection of hemp and wool yarn, ideal for knitting. Everything Hemp – Clothing, Hats, Bags, Bath, Food and Twine – Come Explore – Over 1,000 – Wholesale and Retail. Binghamton, NY, e-mail: info@hemp-sisters.com


#3
. You can purchase hemp string and yarn at: http://www.kentuckyhemp.com/orders/twine.html


#2
. You can buy hemp yarn or twine at: http://www.americanhemp.com

#1. You can purchase these items at: http://www.kenderfono.com

Hemp for Spinning?

I would appreciate a phone call to discuss where we might find locate 100% delignified hemp suitable for commercial spinning.  I can be reached at 828-464-0367. Carolina Mills, Inc.

#1 Our company has been working with hemp processors and we might be able to supply you with hemp suitable for commercial spinning. Please e-mail or call me with your requirements. Best regards, Peter Nyari, TMI Co.  http://www.trademarker1.com

Short Hemp Fiber Wanted for Plaster Reinforcement

I work for a strawbale builder in Southern California, and we are looking for a source of short (3-4 mm) hemp fibers. These would be used as a filler and reinforcement for earth plasters that are sprayed onto strawbale structures. Our sprayer clogs up if the fibers are much longer than 3-4 mm. We have had the best success so far with the undigested fibers in horse manure, but this presents some large scale processing and aesthetic problems. We have a sample of 3 inch hemp fiber intended for use in paper and as a cement reinforcement but it is too long. We tried cutting it to shorter lengths but the fibers tend to cling to each other, which is probably a desirable quality in other applications but not in ours. Does anyone produce a shorter, coarser fiber that would not stick to itself so much?

Info on Hemp Fibers?

We are looking for some kind of organic material to use as reinforcement in our polyester resins. For that purpose, please let me know the tensile strength of hemp fibers and price per pound. We may be able to use hemp in our new development. Your prompt answer will be appreciated.

A #5. Please provide information on hemp in India – dealers, sources etc. Also I wanted to know how to waterproof hemp cloth e.g. waterproofing boots, jackets etc. Regards, Karan Singh, New Delhi, India
A #4. Dear Sukanchan, If you know any manufacturers of finely milled hemp I would be very interested to purchase. Or if you are researching in that direction, I am interested in maybe starting a mill. Jayney Galbraith
A #3. Dear Mr. Palit, I would be willing to discuss your proposal with you. If you want, contact me at cotingas@hotmail.com. Also, you might like to check out a hemp site: <www.hempforvictory.blogspot.com>. Regards, Kenyon Gibson
A #2. I am a retired scientist on Jute now offering service to a jute machine manufacturer at Calcutta, India. Hemp industry is growing faster than the expectation while jute industry is declining. Hemp fibre has some properties superior to jute. It can replace jute even in the packaging field. Globally its quantity is insignificant to attract the Hemp industry to divert the product range. I can assist to design the process up to spinning, which is complicated, and requires specialized knowledge. It will be appreciated if you circulate my proposal widely among the people involved in Hemp industry. Regards, Sukanchan Palit


A #1. Dear Folks: I am a farmer in Ontario, Canada, who has grown hemp fiber and I am looking for potential markets. We have grown fiber for a company that wants to use it for automotive applications (eg moulded plastics, under hood insulations, door panels, dashboards etc). I am interested in discussing further with you the hemp fiber that I have available and its application to your business. Please email me at your convience. Dan Scheele, Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.