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Frank Scott
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    The term ‘handmade’ is misleading when applied to rope. Ropewalks in their original incarnation in the middle ages were manpower intensive, but they also employed some very simple man-powered machinery. Not until the 1790s did Edmund Cartwright (of power loom fame) develop the basis for a rope-making machine, although it was not until 1805 that it was refined sufficiently to be practical (and profitable). The obvious advantage of machine-made rope was that all the twists and stains applied during manufacture were even, and the result was much stronger.

    Frank Scott