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Bell Rope Making — 20 Comments

  1. I too am ready to attempt another bell rope – 20 years since the last one I did. A couple of questions:

    1. What did you use to achieve such a great shine on your bell?
    2. How long were the strands used on the crown sennit?
    3. Does the globe knot cover the bottom?

    • Hello Cam

      Many thanks for leaving a comment on our site.

      1. In order to create the shine on my bell, I contacted a small engineering company that sold polishing mops and various abrasives. I explained to the owner what I wanted to do and from our conversation they sent me the relevant mops and abrasive that I would need. I then used the mops, abrasive and my electric drill as instructed by the information sheet that they sent me.

      It took nearly a day to polish, even though I did it outside, I was filthy dirty by the end of it!!

      3. If I recall correctly for the crown sennit, I made each strand about three times as long as the actual bell rope. I do recall that when I first started, it was a bit of a nightmare trying to weave with all the excess rope hanging down. By using this amount I did not end up with too much waste. I do realise that sometimes the rope you are using is precious and costly, but it is better to have too much left over than not to be able to complete the job.

      3. Yes the globe know is used to cover all the loose strands that were left from crowning. I think if I did it again I would tie a small star knot and lock it in place with the globe knot, just to add to the decoration.

      Should you create another bell rope, in fact anything of interest, please do send us a picture to add to this site.

      Regards John

        • Mmmm, I am rather old school and I personally believe that a bell should be polished every morning watch!! To be honest, I polish mine once a week.

  2. You should really add your name because your bell and bellrope will be much admired. I could use your name here but I don,t wish to embarrass you.

  3. Hi there

    I was looking around the web for information on bell ropes as I am currently doing my own and came across yours and although the last post was a few months back I thought I would leave a msg as I thought you had done a really nice looking bell rope and to say how great it looks on the bell nice one

  4. Hello Darren

    Many thanks for your kind comment. When you have completed yours, please send a picture so that we can show it off on this site.

    Kind regards

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  6. Greetings from the Philippines. I was an early member of the the IGKT when I lived in Hong Kong. I now live in the Philippines. My community has recently installed a small bell tower and it’s crying out for a proper bell rope. Unfortunately, I’m not able to make one, but I’m wondering if there is an IGKT member in the Southampton area, who could make a simple one for me so I can present it ti the local community. I’ll be spending Christmas in Southampton so I can easily collect it. Many thanks, Robert Harland

  7. Hello, lovely bell rope! I have a large bell that needs a sturdy rope and wondered if anybody in your group was able to make one for me? I have a rough sketch of what I’m looking for – it needs to be approx 18inches long. Many thanks, Phil

      • Thanks, I am based in South London and would really like a bell rope made in the UK if possible – most of the ones I have seen for sale are from the US!

  8. I really enjoy your videos, your explanations are very clear. I just started working with line as a hobby, self gratification. Years ago (63/64) I was stationed on the USS Constitution in Boston as a tour guide and done some ships line work but never really got into it. Spent thirty years in the Navy but not working with line. Now at 74 I want to learn again. Thanks for the inspiration to work with line.

    • Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I too spent a long time in the Royal Navy, but only got interested in ropework many years after leaving. If you are getting into it and enjoying it (also at times hating it through frustration), may I suggest you get the book by Des Pawson, as it is packed with many knotting projects, and not only shows you how to do it, but also how much line you will need. http://igkt-solent.co.uk/supplies/

  9. beautiful bell rope. i am looking for more detailed information on making globe knots. i have done well with crown sinnet and turks head designs but the only globe knot demonstrations are for small ones and i am struggling with the differences in the design parameters for larger (more facets) globe knots. any suggestions?

    • The only thing that I can suggest is trying to find a copy of the Globe Knot Cookbook, by Don Burhus. If you do a google search you will find a few results, trouble is that the actual book and kit is very rare. You may have to make your own mandrel, an internet search for “globe knot mandrel” should also bring up some good results for you. Kind regards, John.

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  11. Thank you for you your you tube .I was ask to make a bell rope the RFS at Tuross Head for there bell it had to be 800mm long so not having made a bell rope, so i got onto your you tube .I now have finish the bell rope it looks real good thanks to your you tube .I would like to send you a photo of it but i do not have a email to send it to.
    Regards John Gibson.

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