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Making basswood bark cordage. Stripping, peeling and curing sheets of inner bark and then twisting it into a fine cord.
BASKETMAKER #26 Spring 1990 (v.7) pg. 28

Photos shows how to lace rope through cuphooks to create cupboard dividers for storage of trays, record albums, etc. Est. cost: $3.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1972 (v.50#7) pg. 64

In defense of polypropylene. Tips on finishing, knotting, splicing, and using poly rope.
BOAT JOURNAL #73 Jun-Jul 1990 pg. 18

How to make an attractive eye splice in double braided line.
BOAT JOURNAL #74 Aug-Sep 1990 pg. 14

Universal coil. How to coil up a rope without introducing undesirable kinks and twist.
BOAT JOURNAL #78 Apr-May 1991 pg. 48

Stowing lengths of rope using the gasket coil, bight hitch coil, or halyard coil.
BOAT JOURNAL #79 Jun-Jul 1991 pg. 53

Rope doesn't have to be round. A look at the pros and cons of using non-round rope and some of the knots suited for non-round rope.
BOATING WORLD #81 Oct-Nov 1991 pg. 69

How to cut and finish the ends of synthetic rope.
BOATING WORLD #125 Jan 1997 pg. 76

Tip on softening up stiff dock and anchor lines using fabric softener.
BOATING WORLD #129 May 1997 pg. 93

Preventing line chafe on mooring and anchor lines. Tips on using cleats, chocks and other means to prevent chafe.
BOATING WORLD #130 Jun 1997 pg. 75

Three rope lashings for fastening timbers together.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1965 (v.55#10) pg. 76

How to throw a lasso and spin a rope.
BOYS' LIFE May 1971 (v.61#5) pg. 56

How to turn scrap twine and other materials into rope.
BOYS' LIFE May 1972 (v.62#5) pg. 80

Lashing games and details of Danish, Norwegian and American lashings for structures.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1976 (v.66#8) pg. 52

Four main types of splices shown (short, long, high & back) and a step-by-step diagram of how to do a short splice.
BOYS' LIFE May 1977 (v.67#5) pg. 54

How to make a Tug-O-War rope.
BOYS' LIFE May 1978 (v.68#5) pg. 40

How to throw a lariat and spin or twirl a rope.
BOYS' LIFE May 1978 (v.68#5) pg. 42

How to splice two ropes of equal size.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1978 (v.68#12) pg. 57

How to make and use a commando rope, a 3/8" Manila rope with a whittled wooden toggle in an eye splice on one end and an open eye splice on the other end.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1978 (v.68#12) pg. 58

How to make a short splice to join two ropes.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1980 (v.70#11) pg. 45

Simple jig for making your own rope out of binder twine.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1981 (v.71#2) pg. 56

Five styles of rope lashing can be used to attach sticks and poles together to make camp furniture and fixtures.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1982 (v.72#9) pg. 40

Binder twine jamboree. Interesting and useful camp gadgets and structures you can make with twine, sticks and poles.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1985 (v.75#6) pg. 40, 50

Make a throw bag for canoe or boat. Nylon stuff bag holds 50 feet of rope with closed-cell foam on one end. This becomes an easy-to-carry, tangle-free rope that is instantly available in an emergency.
BOYS' LIFE Jul 1986 (v.76#7) pg. 54

Rope lashing techniques for building a miniature "Eiffel Tower" out of bamboo.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 2002 (v.92#6) pg. 44

Two ways to make your own rope using baling twine.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Oct 1985 (v.69#10) pg. 27

Hand making rope from bailing twine, string, or yarn.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL May-Jun 1994 (v.78#3) pg. 69

Build a three-strand rope-making machine.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1996 (v.80#5) pg. 73

Make a rope. Includes basic design concepts for building a rope-making machine.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Mar-Apr 2003 (v.87#2) pg. 50

How to make a rope horse.
CREATIVE CRAFTS #61 Feb 1978 (v.6#1) pg. 41

Using a glue gun and 1/4" manila rope to make placemats, coasters, napkin rings and other objects.
CREATIVE CRAFTS #79 Feb 1981 (v.7#7) pg. 47

Ropecraft projects made from 1/4" manilla rope and hot melt glue including a rope covering for a wooden salad bowl.
FAMILY CIRCLE Jul 10 1978 (v.91#8) pg. 42

Tips on applying rope made from yarns as trims, button loops and hangers on handwoven items. Includes instructions for making rope from strands of yarn.
HANDWOVEN Sep-Oct 1986 (v.7#4) pg. 14

Tip: How to use an electric mixer to twist a rope.
HANDWOVEN Mar-Apr 1987 (v.8#2) pg. 19

Everything you should know about rope. Includes a chart by fiber size, tensil strength, and recommended workload. Another chart shows seven basic knots.
HANDY ANDY May 1980 (v.4#8) pg. 62

Quick course on rope. Tips on selecting and using both synthetic and natural rope.
HOME MECHANIX #742 Feb 1990 (v.86) pg. 79

A 2 page reference guide on ropes and knots.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1980 (v.5#4) pg. 77

Tips on craft projects made from odds and ends of rope, twine or yarn. Trivets, covered-up picture frames, flower pots, etc.
McCALLS NEEDLEWORK & CRAFTS Spring 1978 (v.23#1) pg. 74

Folk toys that are easy to build. A bullroarer, whammydiddle, farfeldinger, spooky screamer, lariat and Indian rope trick.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #439 Dec 1964 (v.60) pg. 96

Using Manila hemp (rope) instead of wooden molding to conceal the corners between walls and ceilings, etc.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #657 Feb 1983 (v.79) pg. 26

Small rope servicing mallet is used to wrap model shrouds (rope) with thread.
MODEL BOATS #469 Mar 1990 (v.40) pg. 59

Ropewalk machine. Build an automated machine to produce scale rope, hawser, cable, and shroud laid in any circumference. Part 1. Introduction to making rope by machine.
MODEL BOATS #516 Feb 1994 (v.44) pg. 16

Ropewalk machine. Part 2. Applying serving (the outer wrapping of the rope) using the machine.
MODEL BOATS #517 Mar 1994 (v.44) pg. 56

The incredible rope-making machine is easy to built and use.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #42 Nov 1976 pg. 36

Rope know-how. Selecting the best 3/8" rope for your needs.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #69 May-Jun 1981 pg. 40

Making cordage (thread, string, or rope) from natural materials.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #79 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 38

Rope hat bands to make from odds and ends, including yarn, jute, etc. Includes instructions for making rope using a simple jig.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Jul-Aug 1983 (v.6#4) pg. 40, 53

Tip: Place a short piece of metal tubing on the end of a rope to prevent fraying.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1981 (v.28#7) pg. 22

Modern rope lore.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1964 (v.121#6) pg. 132

Tip: A wooden block with holes is used to shorten a length of rope without cutting.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1977 (v.148#1) pg. 8F

Tip: Diagram shows how to bundle a rope or extension cord for storage.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1984 (v.161#1) pg. 58

Learn the ropes. How to choose the right rope for the job. 12 different ropes are compared.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1998 (v.175#2) pg. 91

Plastic ropes which splice themselves.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1964 (v.184#6) pg. 142

How to make an eye splice.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Feb 1964 (v.35#2) pg. 111

Uses for rope.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Sep 1964 (v.35#9) pg. 70

Guidelines for spinning retted Spanish Moss. Includes instructions for making a multi-strand rope or cord from the spun fiber. Diagram for making a rope twisting machine furnished.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE & DYEPOT #34 Spring 1978 (v.9#2) pg. 51

The sailor's knife, a tool absolutely necessary for good ropework. Proper way to cut a line, sharpen the knife, etc.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #60 Apr-May 1988 pg. 80

The marlinespike (a ropeworker's tool) and the marlinespike hitch.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #61 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 23

The dope on rope. What line to use, where, and why. A thorough review of modern, synthetic ropes and the boating applications for which they are (and are not) suited.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #65 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 32

Making "baggywrinkles" to prevent rope from chafing on wire shrouds.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #66 Apr-May 1989 pg. 89

Whipping rope. Techniques for both "common" whipping and "West Country" whipping are illustrated.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #69 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 14

Sewn whippings. How to fabricate a whipping using a palm and sailmaker's needle which will withstand the rigors of hard usage, constant flexing, and foul weather.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #70 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 52

Seizings. How to fabricate a seizing, the twine lashing used to hold two ropes (or two parts of a single rope) together with unrelenting force.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #72 Apr-May 1990 pg. 26

Tip: Quick way to crochet a round cord using no hook, only your fingers.
THREADS #1 Oct-Nov 1985 pg. 6

An inexpensive cordmaker consists of a plywood disk with screw hooks in the face, a power drill, and a dowel clamp.
THREADS #6 Aug-Sep 1986 pg. 12

Spike knots. How to use the marlingspike, a fundamental tool of rigging.
WOODENBOAT #48 Sep-Oct 1982 pg. 100

Lashmanship. A look at the various demands placed on lashings and the basic techniques used in response.
WOODENBOAT #50 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 101

The end of your rope. How to keep the ends of rope from raveling. Knots to tie at the end of ropes to keep them from slipping out of sheet blocks, etc.
WOODENBOAT #52 May-Jun 1983 pg. 112

Grommeting. How to work perfect circles (grommets) in rope and wire.
WOODENBOAT #55 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 114
Added Info WOODENBOAT #57 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 7

The comforts of service. How to wrap rope with pieces of string or wire to provide reinforcement, conceal splices, attach hardware, etc.
WOODENBOAT #59 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 106

Living aloft. Correct and safe procedures for going aloft into the rigging of a larger sailing ship. Looks at tool and equipment lanyards, bosun's chairs, primary halyard, etc.
WOODENBOAT #70 May-Jun 1986 pg. 92
Added Info WOODENBOAT #72 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 6

Knowing the ropes. The state of the cordage-maker's art. An overview and comparitive strength of ropes made from various materials.
WOODENBOAT #109 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 72
Added Info WOODENBOAT #111 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 5

Weaving a rope cargo net for safely transfering large, awkward gear.
WOODENBOAT #135 Mar-Apr 1997 pg. 78

Jig for "welding" together nylon cord or nylon tape using a soldering iron.
WOODWORKING INTERNATIONAL #14 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 56

Tip shows how to coil a rope or extension cord so it will uncoil without twists in it.
WORKBENCH Feb 1997 (v.53#1) pg. 16