Roper
Bring me your old ropes, knots & nets and I will be happy: it’s the pirate in me! A roper was a crafter of all of these things – imagine those weatherbeaten, calloused hands. Braiding & knotwork is a dying craft and if you have ever bought the same books as me, you’ll know how hard it is to follow the illustrations – impossible! Ropers were journeymen of sorts, and you’d imagine they were always close to the coastline or an industrial centre. Made from natural fibres such as hemp, in the early years, rope was of huge importance to people in other trades. In India, the were even specialist producers who only created rope for elephants. Being me, I’m casting my historical eye back to a more nautical setting, with men in captain’s hats, cork pipes & features reminiscent of cliff faces and tobacco-stained fingers working those fibres into ship-shape ropes. To dream.

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…

Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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