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Ropemaking from 800 CE to 1500 CE

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Meet Erik Brinkman (erik.brinkman.834@gmail.com), a seasoned craftsman from Sweden with a passion for preserving traditional techniques. For the past 20 years, Erik has been honing his skills in various crafts, but it was in 2016 when he stumbled upon historical reenactment that his world changed forever. As Erik delved deeper into the world of historical craftsmanship, he found himself drawn to the art of ropemaking. What started as a quest for ropes to use in his tent quickly became a fascination with the history and intricacies of rope production.

Erik was particularly captivated by bast ropes, a type of rope made from plant fibers using simple yet ingenious methods. He was fascinated by the stark differences between bast ropes and modern ropes, and how the knowledge of this ancient craft has largely been lost to time.

During the weekdays, Erik works as a consultant in the automotive industry, lending his expertise in a design studio. However, his true passion lies in reviving the art of ropemaking. Erik spends his weekends immersed in the world of ropes, experimenting with different materials, perfecting his techniques, and learning from historical sources. Join Erik as he unravels the mysteries of ropemaking and keeps this ancient craft alive with his unwavering passion and dedication to craftsmanship, as evidenced by his comprehensive 42-page long booklet that captures his extensive knowledge and expertise in the art of ropes.

The booklet can be downloaded or viewed by clicking on the picture:


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2 Responses

  1. Wow! Your booklet ” Ropemaking from 800 CE to 1500 CE” is wonderful! What did you use for the 3D renderings? There is still so much to learn,

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