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 – We celebrate a summer of progress
THE NEW ENGINE RUNS
After months of work, we succeeded in starting and running the 1927 Shanks oil engine generously loaned to us by Phil Upshall. This was made possible by the Museum of Internal Fire, in Wales, who offered the loan of a compressor to power the air-start system.
Despite not being used for 40 years, it all works perfectly. See our one-minute video HERE, and the story and photos HERE. And on August 14th, we drove the lineshaft with the long belt. See video HERE
… AND 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 The old rotten posts along the edge have now been replaced by new oak, and the scaffolding has gone.
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!
HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING IS A STEP CLOSER see 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
Please see HERE for a page of further links.
This is Simon filming all the rotating shafts and pulleys: –
DANCE AT THE TWINEWORKS
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
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:
The Shanks engine story – HERE
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.
Click on any of these for full size view –
(Thanks to Jim Lefeuvre for photos taken during the Brownies visit)