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The rope maker

The rope maker would create ropes from different materials. The most common of these was hemp, although flax, linden fibre and horsehair might also be used. Rope was used in many different fields, but the bulk of the demand came from sailors and farmers. The process consisted of twisting together the threads of a fibrous material to produce long strands that would then be twisted together to form the rope.

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Ropemaker. Man making hemp rope. He is making one strand of the rope. He backs up as he spins the strand, and a wheel at the far end twists the strand.
France, Brittany, Ille-et-Vilaine, Hedé
Study, gouache, sketchbook
Credit: Frédéric Back
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