The Marline Spike: Roped into Art

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Maiwa Handprints Ltd.

6 - 1666 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2

Doors open at 7:30pm

The arts of the sail-maker, rigger, and fisherman traditionally involved considerable skill in manipulating corded lines. Necessity and practicality were the origin, but form, ingenuity, and beauty were often showcased in the result. Tim Whitten practices a fibre art known as Marlinespike Ropework: a collection of techniques with origins based on the use of a marlinespike – a pointed and tapered iron tool anywhere from six to thirty inches in length. Join Tim as he speaks about the art of rope production, fancy knotwork, and the culture of maritime seafaring that gave birth to these arts and then provided the conditions under which they flourished.

Maiwa Handprints Ltd.

6 - 1666 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2
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