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The Ropemaker

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This ropemaker was in storage in an original family homestead. It belonged to my Grandfather John Guest. He had it in the late 1800s. It does have a maker’s mark on it but it is hard to read now.

To make rope, you hang it on a gate or hook and take three strands of twine, one attached to each hook. Turning the handle plaits the twine and forms a strong rope. This was in use to make rope up until the 1950s and 1960s.

Our family goes back at least three generations in Cloughjordan. It has survived so long as part of our family history. We will pass it on to the next generation as a reminder of times gone by and how a farm was run, how self-sufficient workers were. There is a piece of rope with the object.

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