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Weaving Extended Rope Bumpers
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: July 13, 2004
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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 11:06 PM UTC
Crew-mate Hory Aycardo (hardright) gives us a step-by-step tutorial (his first submission) in weaving extended rope bumpers, in this MSW Feature!

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Joined: July 03, 2007
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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008 - 02:43 AM UTC
Normally I would not be too into the pink, but my tune has changed in the last year, but enough of that.

That is one very interesting skill to have. Thank your for sharing you process with us.

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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008 - 05:23 AM UTC
This is a very cool solution to the problem that I was having, that is finding needles long enough and of the proper gauge to facilitate the length of the bumper/fender that you are trying to make...I really like the idea, and the end product is very good looking!
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Louisiana, United States
Joined: April 13, 2005
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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008 - 06:20 AM UTC
That is a very cool idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Aarhus, Denmark
Joined: July 18, 2003
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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008 - 06:29 AM UTC
I just love these "do it yourself" feature - nice work!
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Texas, United States
Joined: September 15, 2002
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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008 - 07:26 AM UTC
Very interesting process. It gave rise to an old skill I learned in the Boy Scouts when I did the Pioneering Merit Badge. It was called ropemaking. Seeing his jig recalled it.

We would attach pieces of twine at one end and at the other end there would be a block that we would thread them through. (Actually, you would thread first then attach). You would then turn the crank attached to the thread through end thus twisting the pieces together. Of course you kept tension on the line and just kept moving the crank section further back. When you got your length you cut and whipped it and repeated the process several times. After you had several woven sections you would run those through a larger version of the "rope machine" and thus make a rope. If you did this it would all make sense, or read about the process as described in the book, I am relying on a 38 year memory. I wuld think putting a something like a thin stiff wire for bendability in the middle and using thin sewing thread with 5 - 7 pieces might also do the trick.

Me, I'm lazy, I found lion roar has released a resin kit that runs $15 with free shipping from Lucky models and I also ordered it before I saw this article.
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Lisboa, Portugal
Joined: February 28, 2002
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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008 - 07:30 AM UTC
Indeed we are always learning new (or remembering, after reading Mark's own feature) techniques!
Apart from the already mentioned color issue (we could always try to find a more rope looking color) all that is missing now is seing the end result in the LWS!

Thanks for sharing

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Metro Manila, Philippines
Joined: May 26, 2006
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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008 - 12:10 PM UTC
Gents, thanks so much. I think if you use white cord for this purpose and then dunk it in a cup of day old left over brewed coffee (no milk or sugar), you can achieve the rope color you're looking for.
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: May 26, 2008
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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 04:33 PM UTC
This is beautiful work! Bravo Zulu!
For those of us interested in the LWS, but having too meaty fingers, Lion Roar just recently released a resin bumper. Just wanted to let you know!
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South Australia, Australia
Joined: March 28, 2005
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Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 05:47 PM UTC
Interesting technique, well presented. With Mark's, all bases are covered.