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Making at the Mill Ropemaking

Sat 2nd May
Making at the Mill: Ropemaking
From Field to Product with Thomas Taylor

Join us for an introduction to ropemaking with historical ropemaker Thomas Taylor. With 15 years of experience, Thomas blends fascinating historical insights with specific knowledge of the materials involved to keep this historical craft alive. Join him to find out more and have a go yourself!

This is a unique opportunity to discover how the flax plant is grown and used to make fibre, cordage, and rope and provides enough time to learn some of the skills involved.  Participants will learn how to use basic tools to process the flax plant, this involves learning how to release the fibre and tow; make cordage using the drop spindle and cordage spinner; make a length of rope on the medieval rope machine (ropewalk).  Participants will get to take home the fibre, cordage and the rope that has been extracted and made during the session.  We recommend bringing gardening type clothing and warm clothes in winter as some of the activities may be outside.

Suitable for beginners. All materials provided. To find out more about Thomas Taylor and his craft, visit

Bring your own lunch, or visit one of our cafes. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Tickets can be purchased online –
or please ring 01629 823256.

Venue: Cromford Mills
Time: 10am to 2.30pm
Price £45

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