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Beeswax used in sailmaking, ca. 1990

Contributed by an individual through Maine Historical Society

Sailmakers wax two or more "parts" of sail twine before stitching. The wax lubricates the twine so that it moves more easily through the canvas.

The wax also serves as a preservative, and gives the twine resistance to chafe and to the elements.

Other Information


  • Title: Beeswax used in sailmaking, ca. 1990
  • Creation Date: circa 1990
  • Subject Date: circa 1990
  • Town: Camden
  • County: Knox
  • State: ME
  • Media: Beeswax and pine tar
  • Collection: Private
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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