ROPE MAKERS OF SPAIN TWIST STRANDS BY HAND (Dec, 1933)

It’s kind of crazy to contrast this with the way modern rope is made (video).

ROPE MAKERS OF SPAIN TWIST STRANDS BY HAND

In surroundings that suggest a buried city, its telegraph poles half-covered by sand, native rope makers of Palma, Spain, ply their ancient craft. Actually the “telegraph poles” are frames that support the hemp yarn as it is spun. To do this, one man fastens a bundle of hemp fiber around his waist, attaches one -end to a hand wheel, and slowly walks away, paying out the yarn with his hands. Meanwhile an assistant turns the wheel to twist the yarn into a compact strand. When several such strands have been spun, these in turn are twisted together to form a rope.

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