This time, instead of a fancy turk's head-type mat, I opted to make a more utilitarian woven mat called a Sword Mat. The plan is to use it on the side deck to bridge the dip caused by the placement of the deck scuppers.This looks like it ought to wear like iron.
I'll build a regular wooden cover one of these days but, in the meantime, this will hopefully alleviate the trip hazard.Although the sword mat is pretty simple, just basic weaving, it's still a bit of work when using 3/4" line for the warp. The woof is made of 1/4" sisal.
Once the weaving is done, the ends are seized together with a frapped round seizing. Then the headrope, the line that the warps were bent over, has a walled crown knot tied on each end to form a knob to keep the headrope from sliding out. Took me quite a while to figure out how to tie a version of the walled crown knot that I liked and wasn't too huge of a knob.
But, finally it was all done and here it is:
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Steve on s/v Siempre Sabado posted this project about making a really tough-looking utilitarian rope mat, called a sword mat. I wonder about the derivation of that name - sounds interesting.