In this day and age of manufactured commodities, artisan products made with unique skills definitely stand out from standard factory products. Carpenters, glass blowers, ironsmiths, and weavers are just a few of the highly skilled people whose works could never go unnoticed. In this video, we show you a couple of ropemakers from Norway crafting thick artisan ropes that will be used as traditional rigging.
They use a perforated register plate that twirls strands of thin-sized ropes into one thick strand. In order to give the thick artisan rope a more rigid bond, the ropemakers put stone weights at the end of the strands to make it difficult to pull the register plate. By doing so, the finished artisan rope would possess high strength quality because of the tightly twirled strands.
This workshop is located in Hardanger Maritime Museum in Norheimsund, Norway where they preserve historic ships. The museum also has a boatbuilding workshop, a smithy, a restoration shipyard, and a ropewalk. Artisan ropes are made in this museum for rope anchors, traditional rigging systems, and for many other ship needs. According to workers from the museum, some parts of the rigging system require a harder closed rope, while other parts need to have loose ropes.
Hardanger Maritime Museum was established to keep the traditional ship-building knowledge and skills alive. They are open for public exhibitions from May until September, where visitors can see craftsmen in action and even try some of the activities like ropemaking, rowing, and watch historic films.