Dawe’s Twineworks

Welcome to Dawe’s Twineworks and the Coker Rope & Sail Trust

P1040391a Gates heading

There are seven pages describing the Dawe’s twineworks and its restoration. If you hover your mouse over the ‘Twineworks’ tab above, you will find the other six.

LATEST NEWS – THE POSTS HAVE BEEN REPLACED

Thanks to the generosity of the local community and the efforts of Jason and Aaron, Dawe’s Twineworks has been transformed. The old rotten posts along the edge have now been replaced by new oak, and the scaffolding has gone.

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SCHOOL POST

The staff and children of West Coker Primary School raised money to buy a post, so we invited them ALL to come and sign it!

….AND THE ‘NEW’ ENGINE RUNS! 

All it took to start the engine was a belt round the flywheel....

All it took to start the engine was a belt round the flywheel….

After months of work, we succeeded in starting and running the 1927 Shanks oil engine generously loaned to us by Phil Upshall. Ian Morgan kindly provided a tractor, and its belt drive spun the engine into life – the first run for about 40 years. It all worked perfectly. See our one-minute video HERE, and photos HERE.

ART AT THE TWINEWORKS

Simon Lee Dicker, artist and co-founder of OSR Projects has the go-ahead to run arts projects based on Dawe’s Twineworks. See HERE
Here he is filming all the rotating shafts and pulleys P1050852a

DANCE AT THE TWINEWORKS

We have a cylindrical climbing wall!

We have a cylindrical climbing wall!

Kira McCoy brought dancers to Dawe’s to make a video as part of their campaign to keep Performing Arts courses going at Yeovil College

Is it a bird?

Is it a bird?

 

 

NEIL EVANS

The twisting heads spin. Neil oils them

The twisting heads spin. Neil oils them

We are all very saddened that Neil Evans died on New Year’s Day after a short illness.
Neil brought his long experience of rope and twine-making to the work he did restoring our original machinery.  Trust Chairman Ross says:  “Such a kind man and friend. Without his fantastic help the Dawe’s Twineworks  project would never have happened. We owe him everything.”


Other pages to see:

Progress made in 2013-14 in Grant-Funded Restoration
The ‘History’ page.
Rebuilding of the west end of the Ropewalk HERE
and   Dawes Twine Works (Somerset Routes).
Can you identify any of the people in these old photos. Click HERE?
Some photos of Cider-making HERE

And remember that the Ropewalk is open to all on the 4th Saturday of each month."I want two small people replacing ridge tiles, and will the rest of you cut oak posts please"

 
“I want two small people replacing ridge tiles, and will the rest of you cut oak posts please”
(West Coker Brownies visit June 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on any of these for full size view –

(Thanks to Jim Lefeuvre for photos taken during the Brownies visit)

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