There is a natural charm to the old rope machines. They come in a variety of styles and shapes, but the bottom line is that in the early 1900's, they helped the farmer make rope for use in their farming operations.
Yes. People used to make their own ropes. It's an interesting process. The twine came in a bulk bobbin and the twine was looped between a rope maker tool, the twister and the key.
It was at least a three man operation, if not more.
New Era Rope Machine Instructions
There are places, online, where you can purchase a copy of the Rope machine instructions that came with the machines. Like the following:
The New Era Rope Machine
This is just one rope machine that was available. It has a wooden handle, a gear box that spins loops in a stationary circle, a tool that separates the strands as they spin and guides the twine until it merges the strands into a rope.
See how there are loops and a crank?
It was pretty complicated to build a rope. As you can see from the above example, there was a hook that spun the twin. The other machine spun each strand and the tool kept the ends separated.
Other Rope Machine Examples
Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on May 15, 2018:
Larry Rankin, thanks for your comment. We saw two of them at the last Pioneer Power Swap Meet, and thought about putting them on ebay, but, haven't done anything like that, yet.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 14, 2018:
Not something I was even aware of. I love antiquated machinery. Look like something I'd like to play with:-)