Rope was probably one of the most important materials produced from cedar bark, as it was needed for a multitude of uses such as binding the planks of the longhouses, carrying containers used for storage, and for all types of fishing-related items. The strength of cedar bark was ideal for creating rope. The making of rope involved a number of even-width bark strips that were individually twisted in a smooth motion to create the rope. The number of pieces used and the size of the bark strips were indicative of the strength of the final product.
Extending the rope beyond the length of the initial bark strips required the ends of the bark being matted with a new bark length, which had been moistened. These two pieces were then twisted together and the new piece was twisted into the rope as an extension. It was important to stagger the matted joints within the rope, as these joints were the weakest portion of the rope. This process was continued until the desired length of rope was obtained. To increase the overall strength of this rope, the ply (number of bark strands) could be increased to three or more.