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Rope making

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:51 pm
by FionaDowson
Does anyone know how the Anglo Saxons made rope?

I've found references to Viking whip cord (no 50 shades of grey jokes please) which looks quite fun and suitable for children. If something was practiced by the Norse can we assume that it was also how people in the early dark ages made things, or does a s s u m e make an ass of you and me?

Re: Rope making

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:30 am
by FionaDowson

This seems to be on the track. I wonder if it would be possible to do this with drop spindles to save the effort of winding thread from a spindle to a bobbin? Any ideas as to how far back this goes?

Re: Rope making

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:27 pm
by thorfastr
I think that the most common way to make strong rope was to use lindenbast.
You will find some good info at the Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, website.
Your link to the cord making info....not sure how 'old' this Method may well be a modern re-enactorism