The Real Deal - hemp standing rigging
I wrote the novel, "The Downeaster." In it I attempt to accurately the culture and the work of 19th Century foremast johnnies. I'm working on a talk about my novel. The hemp rope I purchased from R&W lets me put a piece of history in my listener's hands and helps make handing, reefing, and steering real and not something abstract. R&W authentic products also help me explain how an Able Bodied Seaman of the 1870's had to be able to do both sailmaker's work and rigger's work -- underway there was no choice. Having the natural product also helps illustrate the constant work required to maintain and replace hemp in a saltwater environment. R&W's dedication to offering the very best available today in both manila and hemp is a tremendous help to me.