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  • Resource Database / Crafts & Indigenous Skills / Weaving & Cordage / Cordage & String

    Resources: 6 listings
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    All About Rope
    The Introduction of Spectra, Kevlar and more recently Vectran has changed the way we rig our boats just as significantly as the introduction of Nylon and Polyester in the 1950's. But choosing the right rope from the bewildering election available is not as hard as it seems. Selecting the correct fibre is fundamental. Pick the wrong one and you will either end up with a rope that is inadequate for the job, or more expensive than it need be. In most applications high strength and low stretch are priorities. Don't go mad though; there are applications where a little bit of give can be a good thing. Anchor warps are the obvious example but there is a place for some shock absorption in other places too, like trapeze wire adjusters. Six materials are commonly used to make ropes.
    Caveman to Chemist: Twine
    Textiles decay much more quickly than artifacts made of stone or bone. Consequently there are very few surviving examples of the earliest textiles. However, the earliest cave art and in clay sculptures depict clothed human figures. From this and other indirect evidence it is believed that clothing made of spun fibers (as distinct from hides) goes back at least 20,000 years. The earlist style of clothing, the string skirt, was worn exclusively by women and consisted of a simple belt with strings hanging from the waist to above the knees.
    More sites on cavemanchemistry.com
    International String Figure Association Home Page
    String figures are designs formed from nothing more than a loop of string. Most of the time, people use their fingers to weave string figures, but sometimes, they also use their toes, knees, elbows, and mouth. The result is often a fabulous pattern!
    More sites on www.isfa.org
    Knots on the Web
    My major sections are on Knot Tying, Knot Theory, and Knot Art. But knot lovers will understand that these distinctions are artificial. For example, a good practical knot is both a nugget of hard-won technology and a thing of beauty. Decorative knotting can be useful, and in any case requires uncommon dexterity and practical tying ability.
    Knotting Dictionary of Kännet
    "At the bright side of life"
    Rope Making
    The type of rope that is explained in this book is three strand laid rope. This type of rope is made by twisting three strands of fiber in one direction and then laying the three strands together by allowing the strands to twist together in the opposite direction.

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