School: Loughkeeren

Location:
Knockatemple, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Anna M. Warde

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Old Crafts - Rope-Making

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0120, Page 76

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To make a rope plenty of straw must be at hand and a twister or short stick. The straw is better when loose and broken. The maker sits on a stool or chair with the straw near him. The twister then puts the stick in a piece of straw and starts to twist. The maker holds the straw to the rope with one hand and lets it pass through the other so as to keep the rope fine. The twister keeps stepping back according as the rope comes to him twisting with his two hands all the time.

Collector
Michael Foye
Gender
male
Address
Lisgormin, Co. Mayo
Language
English