18th and 19th century rope

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  1. Jan 4, 2019 #21

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    Are they 2-ply reverse twist or made with 3 plys? In this case, ply = strand (each ply made of one or more individual cords)
    What do you mean by 3 to 9 plait? Plait usually suggests a braid of 3 or more strands and when I've done plaiting, the final product is flat not round.

    Please clarify.
     
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    I'm calling a strand a plait. These are groups of 3 twisted 2-2-2 to make 6 plait rope. If you want to make a 6 plait rope and use two groups of 3 you will get a flatter looking rope. I found that a 3 groups will make a better looking rope. Sorry my terminology is not the same as yours.

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    No apology is necessary - just wanted made certain I understood.
     
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    There kind of fun to make. I put them on the blanket at times for a prize.
    When a kid comes over I tell them were going to make a rope, they roll there eye's but when we start they get into it. Then they get to go home with a new hemp rope.

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    Does anybody sell new rope makers?
     
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    Jeff,
    Thanks for the link!
    Awesome resource!!
     
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    Ebay has some. The only new one that I know of is Lehman's.

    I have the one we had when I was a kid.
    Jerry
     
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    It's interesting to note that the Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804 carried a rope machine on the trip to make rope from animal hides, namely bison and elk. The machine was reputed to be a three strand machine with sun and planet gearing.
     
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    The book you likely want for ropemaking is this;
    http://www.makerope.com/making_rope.php

    Greg Davis is a great guy and will help get you going. He sells ropemaker's too. I got a Bradshaw head and a ropemaster machine from him. After that you just need to chose/get your fibers
     
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    Would make great indoor shooting ranges. :D
     
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    Daryl, Thanks for that link. He has an interesting site.
    Jeff
     
  12. Jan 11, 2019 at 10:29 PM #32

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    No Problem. That book "Making Rope With Hand Operated Machines" I would highly *highly* recommend. It covers all aspects including best ways to do your lay-ups. It even touches on Patent Lay rope making (~1798) which doubles the strength of rope (not for beginners). I'll give you another link to 350 other books (for reference only) but all you really need is the one above.

    http://www.ropecord.com/new/dl/biblliography.PDF


    FWIW & just for fun here's my design how I turned the 6 Strand Bradshaw head into a portable miniature ropewalk machine - adjustable speed (For/Rev) constant torque DC motor with controller. The separate pulley arrangement for setting constant tension (pulling back) on the Bradshaw is not shown nor is the optional foot pedal. You can have a lot of fun making rope :)
    01 - Bender - Bradshaw.jpg
     
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