Before our trip to Mystic, I wouldn't have expected to be so interested in rope-making.
But this group of rope-makers is doing something very similar to what weavers do when we twist the fringe on a scarf.
Rope-making was mechanized, so that handmade rope is a rarity today.
Inside the very long ropewalk, moved from the now defunct Plymouth Cordage Company, raw materials for rope are processed using hackles, similar to the hackles used to process flax when spinning linen yarn.
Rope was made from hemp or jute.
Individual strands are spun.
Then the spools are loaded onto a spool rack, fed through a round disk with holes, and plied into rope.
Unfortunately, none of my pictures of the very long rope walk where machines plied these cords into rope worked out.
Love this rope storage device!!!
Just want to clarify that this equipment is set up, but wasn't being operated while we visited. There were signs in the rope walk building that explained the process.
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