Heavers as used by Riggers & Sailmakers, by Des Pawson

Heavers as used by Riggers & Sailmakers, by Des Pawson

Heavers as used by Riggers & Sailmakers, by Des Pawson

Published by the Museum of Knots and Sailors Ropework, 36 pages. A5 size booklet (N5859X1)

This small booklet provides a fascinating history and background to a wide variety of tools that make life easier for riggers and sailmakers yet are hardly ever described...

From the introduction: The rigging of ships and the making of sails entails much pulling and stretching of ropes and small stuff, the working tight of whippings, seizings, stitches, lashings and all sorts of bindings in both fibre and wire.

When it comes to pulling fine line and such materials tight, hands soon develop blisters and cuts if you put any kind of force into the job, and many jobs need a greater pull than most people can apply with their hands alone. A good, strong, constant, controlled pull is what is usually required. Over the years sailors, riggers and sailmakers have developed various kinds of tools that help.

This booklet will give the range of solutions that have been found, developed, evolved and invented to help get the line or strand as tight as possible.

Some of man's earliest boats were built using planks that were sewn or tied together and tools were developed, perhaps as early as the Bronze Age,' to tighten the withy or cordage that was used. Whilst such tools would have been used in much the same way as riggers and sailrnakers use their various styles of heavers, I will leave them for others to study and discuss, as they belong to the world of boatbuilding.

Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover

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