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Sailors Whisk — 3 Comments

  1. I have a few of Des Parson’s books. Truly enjoy them.I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and I’m making a sailors whisk someone who wants to clean their wood stove with it. Would you make it with Natural Manila or Manila that has oils in it. Is one type stiffer then the other.
    Thanks, Angela

  2. Hello Angela

    Many thanks for visiting the site.

    I think the type of rope to use really does depend a bit on the job it is being used for. My understanding is that originally old rope was used for swabbing the wooden decks, so a fairly course rope would be needed.

    I would suggest that if you are able to feel the rope, prior to purchasing then you will get a good idea of how course and stiff the strands would be.

    In the case of the one that I made above, I used a man-made fibre. I have to say that I ended up producing more of a feather duster than a scrubbing tool.

    With regards to your question on the two types of Manila I am not sure? However do come back again as I have asked some old seadogs to comment.

  3. Angela,
    I am not too sure of the two types of Manila, many years ago during my seamanship training, we were taught Manilia was robust enough, not to require rot-proofing, and at sea I only came across plain Manilia with no dressing.
    So go for the natural one, and to make your bristles stiffer,place a whipping
    close to the knot..Good luck, please show us your completed artical so others may learn. ( Knot Tyers do that )


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