We deliver rope for many different purposes, mainly for for
rigging and sail makers on traditional vessels. You
can buy only rope or order the whole rigging done by us. Handmade
rope should be used for the rigging of traditional boats.
Reconstructing riggs and ropes for boats and vessels
from earlier times is one of our specialyties.
We also deliver for husbrandry and lassos, for
railings and for decoration.
On the ropewalk at Hardanger
Maritime Museum you can purchase handmade rope. We have the
only working ropewalk in the country. Here we produce handmade rope
from hemp, manila, cocoanut, linden fibers and horse hair, among
other things. We also produce rope from an artificial hemp
(polypropylene). The craft is based upon technology from the Middle
Ages, and the ropewalk is 80 meters long. When rope is made by
hand, it is easy to adapt it to the intended use.
In 1995 Hardanger
Maritime Museum got its own rope maker. More than 40 years had
passed since the last person had been educated in the craft, in
Norway. Two other rope makers have been educated at the Center
since then, and we are the only place, in Norway, where this
traditional trade is kept alive. We deliver to demanding projects
like The Viking ship Harald Hårfagre
and The Swedish
Our unique source of
knowledge about the craft has been used in research, and when the
historical use of rope has been documented and reconstructed.
Ingunn Undrum and Sarah
Sjøgren are the rope makers at The Hardanger Maritime
Materials for rope making