Spinderellas Rope Machine

Jim has crafted his own take on a "Meyer" rope machine. Made from maple wood, and chain driven, making it not only beautiful, but a high quality functional tool.

Weighs about 10 pounds, making it portable as well. We have taken our rope machine to markets, always gathering a crowd. Let your customers "walk" their own rope, whether it be a jump rope, dog leash or horse lead. You will be able to offer a unique one of a kind item from your own fiber/yarn!

Jim's rope machines are made to order, taking approximately 3 weeks. We do require full payment upon ordering. Let Jim make a rope machine for you.

Complete with 4 hooks, hole in the middle to make a stronger rope, a paddle and instructions. It comes disassembled for  less ability for damage and much better shipping costs. Easy to put together. We are available to help, as well as send a video to show you how to lay up your rope.

$675 plus shipping from Utah to your zip code 

History of Rope Machines in the USA


Rope making is one america's oldest industries. The art of making a rope is called “laying.” In laying, twine, yarn or other material, is threaded from a paddle to the rope machine, several times to create the desired thickness. A bit of math is required for each type of cord used to account to "take up" or shrinking due to the twist of the rope. The paddle is used to walk the cords into making a rope.

History records rope making as far back as 7,000 years ago, found in the archaeological digs in Egypt.  Made from twisted strips of sinew, hides, hair and vines. ​

The first American ropewalk was founded in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635. Rope making was important for trade due to the need for rope in fishing and sailing industries. Walks, or places where rope was made, were often 900 feet or more. Smaller ropewalks served the rural areas where farmers would make use of their own flax ( linen yarn) for their own use, though these ropes were often of lesser quality than those made in Colonial ropewalks. 


Ropewalk - Narrow sheds were built were over 1,000 feet long and 30 feet wide. Three or four rope makers would work side by side in these ropewalks. Of course theses sheds were not heated nor did they have closed sides. This made for difficult work for those who worked there. Rope makers had to be very skilled artisans to produce quality ropes, where one would weather the elements of cold and wet, under these conditions. The entire rope making process was affected by the ability and experience of the rope maker.


Although industrial machines have gradually replaced skilled rope makers, traditional techniques survive through today.

Why not learn the ancient art of rope making!