One of the other things i do here, is make rope. I have machines of the early part of the 20th century made of cast iron mostly, some of wood and iron, that do the job nicely. i also have a pair of machines that made braids, and can cloth cover a wire. Recently i was invited to come show off the makings at an 1800's event. The only problem was that my stuff is to new. So after some researching and talking with other rope poeples, i decided to built a machine, more like what might have been found back in that day. Very few of these machines are let and no photo's were made until almost the middle of the century, so im going to wing it a little.
By luck i had some big, walnut timbers left, still in there rough cut stage. After lying all the parts out on the living room floor, a came up with a plan. I got a good start on the building today..
Im using a lawn mower drive wheel and gears to run the hooks, and hopefully i can hid that part, as i dont want any modern looking things to apppear. Should be ready to test it out next weekend, after i get the hooks and small parts do up.