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Hi All
I've never posted here before but I'm not new to GB.
Anyway I was hoping someone here might know of a good book on rope and net making. I really don't have any reason to learn other than I've always wanted to. I know I could probably poke around here on the Internet and find something. But I figure people here would know whats good and have all ready culled out the crap. I figure a good book is something I can read at my leasure and always referance back to.

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Mac
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I haven't seen rope making books for many years. Hmm, even Lehman's has dropped the book they used to sell. That's not surprising, considering how difficult turning plants in to rope can be. Synthetic rope is more a curse on the land, and you can usually turn up some of it just about anywhere. It's usually sun rotted, but it can still be as strong as natural fiber all the same. Which is why natural fiber rope is vanishing.

Net making is easy to learn the basics of, and a royal pain to learn to do well. It's also a pain in the hands, neck, and back to do at all.

I've seen this set of instructions several places:

www.bertaut.com/netmaking.html

This pdf is for a cargo net:

duo.irational.org/red_net/plain_booklet.pdf

This looks like a good site (I have not ordered from them, though) with lots of neat outdoor stuff for ********:

http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/

I've seen the Ludgate book "Make Nets", and, IIRC, it's pretty good. The other book, "Knots & Nets" by Graumont and Wenstrom, is acceptable for knots, and nearly useless for nets.

Some of the survival books have what looks like good net making information in them. Hang strings in a fringe, and start tying pairs with overhand knots. The knots are weaker than the net knots, but the net making is faster, easier, and easier to keep even.
 

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Thanks for the reply, the net making instructions look fairly simple and is basically what I was looking for. I wasn't so much interested in natural rope as I was how to make the twist for laid rope. Saw a guy do it once with strips of napkin and should have paid closer attention.
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seems like there used to be a company called netcraft that had a catalog selling everything you needed to make about any kind of fish net. they had books and materials and tools. not sure if they are still in biz.
 
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