Bob Freemon (bfree@GTE.NET)
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 15:24:55 -0400
> Does anyone on the list know of any good sources for rope that are not =
> expensive (ie cheap!)?
Ah, rope. A complete outdoors program in a box. Quarter inch manila is
$25 per box, one half inch is $67, in Tampa, Florida. Look in the
Yellow Pages under "Rope." Another source for a Scouter residing in a
seafaring state is a marine outfitter.
Natural fiber rope is preferable for lashing and pioneering projects.=20
Spools of narrow diameter synthetic braided line make nice painters for
knot tying because they come undone easily (precisely the reason the
lash poorly). Spools can be relatively expensive but are at least half
the cost of buying the braided line in plastic bags from Home Depot.=20
Again, spools of braided line can be purchased from a wholesale rope
dealer. Just look in the Yellow Pages and tell them you are a Scouter.
Sailboat dealers and sailing outfitters have rope/line in glorious
colors and fibers. They make awsome and painters to give to your Scouts
that earn Pioneering MB/teach a knot to another scout/correctly tie and
describe the application of ten different knots or whatever goal you
(Cotton sash cord is very cheap, pliable and large enough for a
tenderfoot's clumsy hands and available at any decent hardware store.=20
Cotton may also be dyed. You can cut the cotton sash cord into 48"
lengths, dye one half bright red, and have a great teaching tool for
square (reef) knots, etc.
I hope I have helped. Knotting/pioneering is a great lifetime skill and
a good program for any unit.
Bob Freemon, Knot Wright
Nuwingi "willing one" |<--A--=AB|
"a good old Eagle, too."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City