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Twine used in sailmaking, ca. 1990

Courtesy of Gambell and Hunter Sailmakers, an individual partner

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Twine used in sailmaking, ca. 1990

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Sewing sails requires strong thread called twine. Twine often is made of hemp or cotton, although nylon is sometimes used today.

Seaming twine is used for sewing the seams and roping twine for sewing the bolt ropes on the sail.

Twine was waxed before stitching in order to give the twine resistance to the elements, to protect it from chafe, and to keep it from rotting.

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

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