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Money for old rope ...

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:38 pm
by RottenCad
OK then - rope. Chatting to Conquest at Lanark, horse-hair rope was mentioned. In the c21 this is flippin' expensive, so does anyone have any ideas for fentik-stylee rope, and what materials would be used? I'm thinking for lashing lengths, so 30' +

Cheers,

Cad

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:48 pm
by Nigel
Bristol rope and twine do the trick

amazing amount of ropey like stuff

Re: Money for old rope ...

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:06 am
by Fox
RottenCad wrote:...Chatting to Conquest...
You want to be careful about that. I got a very undeserved reputation for being shouty.

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:55 am
by Nigel
at 3am matey :D

you Jorge Griff and a few others

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:18 am
by Panda
Straw rope. I'm fairly sure it was uysed for things like beds instead of wooden slats

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:55 am
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Hemp? Nettle fibre? The sort of things that were used for canvas? Linen tow? (flax processing waste).

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:25 pm
by frances
Have you been to the Chatham Dockyard museum? They have a rope walk that is still producing commercially and also models and voice-overs explaining all about rope-making. Or they did the last time I was there.

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 3:48 pm
by matlot
im not sure how authentic they are but coir, manila or sisal are natural fiber cordage or they can be passed of as hemp

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:52 pm
by gregory23b
Gerry Burroughs makes and supplies hemp rope and boy do it pong like bum.

"at 3am matey Very Happy

you Jorge Griff and a few others"

Mainly Fox and Griff, I was Whispering Bob Harris in comparison :twisted:

Anyway, I put it down to high spirits at a brilliant event.

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:55 pm
by Tuppence
Mainly Fox and Griff, I was Whispering Bob Harris in comparison
as I recall it was all three, with me doing inebriated shushing...

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:25 pm
by m300572
matlot wrote:im not sure how authentic they are but coir, manila or sisal are natural fiber cordage or they can be passed of as hemp
They are 'authentic' but only for periods after contact with areas which grew coconuts (coir) sisal (African plant I think) and whatever they make manila out of, probably something from the Philippines. Medieval and early post med rope would likely have been hemp or linen (or possibly lime bast). Straw and other plant fibres like bramble could have been used for ties (bramble is still used by some hedgers) and I have uses willow withies for tying hurdles to posts to make a fence.

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:46 pm
by matlot
more likely to be hemp as linen would be expencive or flax which is pretty much the same as hemp

or you could use the reenactors favourite hessian