Re: Making rope
William J Turner (wjt@IASTATE.EDU)
Wed, 1 Nov 1995 09:42:24 CST
In message <199511011531.JAA28595@pop-1.iastate.edu>, email@example.com writ
> Any words of wisdom on where I can find some resources to help me with
> this? Actually, I still have the rope I made and seem to remember
> that we uses a crank powered gizmo with three eye hooks on it that let
> us twist strands of hemp twine together. We twisted three pieces of
> twine together, repeated that two more times and then twisted those
> three strands together to make the rope.
> Anyway, please send me any advice or ideas on where to get some plans
> for this little project.
Look in the Pioneering Meritbadge book. It should have instructions on
how to make the machine. (I've made one just like what you describe.)
Also, when I was at Scout Camp, we made rope using nothing but twine,
two no. 10 tin cans, and two sticks. We tied the twine to one stick,
ran it through the cans, looped around the other stick, back through the
cans, looped around the first stick, through the cans a third time, and
tied off at the second stick. (So you have three strands between the
two scouts held the cans, pulling the strands tight, while two other
scouts twisted the strands together. When it was done, we then looped
this new "super-strand" like we had the original twine and repeated the
process. The end result is the same as what you did, but we didn't have
to build anything. Of course, it does take more people, but...
Hope this helps!
Scoutcraft Director (1991)
Camps Mitigwa and Wapello, Mid-Iowa Council, BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City