ROPE MAKING MACHINE

The traditional art of rope making has always been fascinating to watch.  The principle used in twisting material into rope goes back to ancient times. 

This “Ed-u-tainment” activity features a factory made cast iron rope making machine manufactured at the turn of the 19th century.  This old machine is not only a crowd pleaser but allows even the youngest child to “make their own rope”.

All eyes are on the “walker” (our personnel) as he/she pulls two brightly colored poly hay twines back and forth between the rope making machine and a weighted drag.  When the walker has finished putting the twine on the machine the fun begins!

Placing a palm size spreader between the strands of twine, the walker retreats to the far end while the youngster starts cranking the handle on the rope machine.  Shouts of encouragement from buddies and family keeps the power turned on as the three groups of twine begin to twist.  As the machine continues to revolve, everyone’s attention switches back and forth between the excited child, which at this point is making all kinds of faces, squeals and grunts, and what is happening to the twine.

As the walker slowly advances toward the laboring child, the onlookers’ attention tends to be drawn to the amazing sight that is occurring right behind the walker’s spreader.  ROPE, just like you buy at the store, is appearing from the twisting, curling and spinning twine.

All those strands of twine have become a rope made by youngster!  The walker removes the rope from the machine and ties a Honda in one end and a pint size western lasso {lariat} is handed to the youngster.

Our rope machine is a hit everywhere it goes, from Oklahoma to California.

Grandson in Training

 

 

CALF ROPING HORSE

Our cowpony is a life size fiber glass model that has never bucked or shied.  He is equipped with an authentic western saddle and a set of handy steps to make it easy and safe for the inexperienced cowpoke or cowpokette to mount and dismount.

Our wily fiberglass calf travels in a straight line down a metal track for about 18 feet before returning to its starting position at the side of our horse.  Knowing that not all of the participants have roping skills, our cowboy is always ready to assist in recoiling the lariat, provide coaching on how to hold and throw the rope and of course making sure our calf runs a little slower for our brand new buck-a-roos.  After three trys the turn is over but everyone is welcome to get back in line again and again and they do!!! 

This exhibit provides great photo opportunities that are bound to show up on their facebook page proving that they “Cowboy’d Up” at your event.

This exhibit also includes plastic steer heads mounted on straw-doggies {hay bales} and traditional ranch ropes that can be used to practice their newly acquired roping skills all afternoon.

GADGETS OF YESTER-YEAR

This new exhibit at the festival is a corral full of memories and mysteries wrapped up in some  “stuff from the past”  that shows the great craftsmanship and ingenuity that the folks from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s have become know for.  What a difference from our plastic – throw away culture of today!  This display of antique “whatcha-ma-call-its” do-dads, tools, kitchen aides and “made life easier stuff” is a great opportunity for the whole family to compare today with yesterday.  Bringing your own family expert to guide you through this game of “WHAT IS IT” is the best way to experience this exhibit of gadgetry of yesteryear.  Staff will be on hand to help with any questions about what your puzzling over.  There will also be several items in a special items section that even the owners haven’t figured out what they were used for and they welcome your opinions and guesses on these items.

 

 

 

 
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