Making Rope - with two pencils!
Marvin E. Kiel (102017.2123@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Tue, 7 Nov 1995 19:20:12 EST
Although making rope with "rope machines" and electric drills works fine,
there's an even simpler way. You won't want to make a lot of rope with this
method but it demonstrates the process. All you need is twine and two pencils,
or small sticks.
Take a length of twine, say 20 feet long, double it and tie the two ends in a
simple overhand knot. It takes two people, one at each end of the twine.
Insert the pencils in each end, hold the rope with some tension and each person
twists the rope with a _clockwise_ motion using the pencils. Continue twisting
until the twine wants to kink.
Then loop the twisted twine into thirds and re-insert the pencils at each end.
You now have six strands of twine. Now each person twists the twine with the
pencils _counter-clockwise_. Continue twisting until the entire length of the
twine forms a completed rope. It's that simple! Have FUN!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City