Help - Rope Maker
Rebecca Graham (regjjp@ARCTIC.NET)
Mon, 15 Jun 1998 14:58:22 -0900
Did this with my Bears recently. I made the device and they made rope
using it and using the 2 pencil method I found here on the list.
The device I made came out of the book called Making Things by Ann
Wiseman. Basically you take 2 1x2-inch pieces of wood and drill 3
evenly-spaced holes through them (while stacked on each other). Then,
using 3 pieces of a wire coat hanger you make the hooks. Put each
through a hole and then make a 1-inch 90=B0 bend to hold them on that
piece. Then another 90=B0 bend on the other side of the wood and up again
90=B0. Put the other piece of wood over the wires. The vertical lines are
where the wire goes though each piece wood.
Then you bend that upper piece (which is fairly long still) 30=B0 to the
right and then hook it back to the left (where the question mark is).
Then you put a hook (I used a .69 bicycle hanging hook) in another
Have one boy hold each end and string twine, string or yarn on by
starting at one hook on the device end. Tie it on a hook, take it to the
other boy, back to the middle hook, back to the other hook, back to the
last hook, back to the other hook and then back to your first hook to
tie off. I didn't put that very well, but basically you will have 6
strands. Make sure they are not tangled.
The boy with the device turns the 2 pieces of wood against each other
creating 3 strands out of 6. When it gets very tight but not all crimped
together, the other boy turns the one hook end the other way until it
becomes rope! You don't even need to whip the end that was at the
There are good ropemaking instructions at:
This is the actual ropemaking page:
I glanced at the Pioneering Merit Badge book but the ideas there were
too tough for Cub Scouts.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City