Beeswax used in sailmaking, ca. 1990

Courtesy of Gambell and Hunter Sailmakers, an individual partner

Beeswax used in sailmaking, ca. 1990

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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.

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About This Item

  • 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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