Preview: Traditional Rigging, Part 7 – Making a Wire Splice

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Myles demonstrates the methods behind making a wire splice in this next chapter in our traditional rigging series.

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    Chris Coakley says:

    What a great pleasure to watch a master artisan work their craft. Thank you for showing this video. It reminded me of the Tasmanian lobster trap construction video. Both segments were similarly hypnotic. I particularly like the teenager and the 5-6 year old who come over near the end of the project in this video just to check out the results. The entire video is a wonderful — and just the escape that I needed this evening! Thank you, again, OCH.

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    Edward DeLaune says:

    OMG !!! This guy is GREAT!!! I don’t think I will ever have a need to splice wire however I could not stop myself from watching the whole series. He is the BEST and does a great job at explaining every step. Keep up the great work.

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    Andy Reynolds says:

    This whole series has been fantastic. Myles mastery of his trade, and the concise way he describes the how and why of each step is inspiring and an example of his skill of not only rigging but of teaching some arcane and complicated processes.

    I’ll probably never have to do a Board of Trade splice, but the understanding of how and why it is done, along with all the steps leading up to it, become a part of my understanding of the way rigging works and the part each component of a boat works with all the others. For me, that enhances my enjoyment of being in any boat.

    I could not have had this kind of “access to experience”, without a long and expensive trip to Maine, for a week at the WoodenBoat School, and OCH brings it to us all, in the comfort of our homes, wherever that may be. Big thanks, again!

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    Sean Scully says:

    Anyway Miles can do a video on splicing Saminsit type rope in a but splice. Accidentally had one cut in two logging by a helper with a chain saw. I know it takes a lot of tapering to feather it out, feather out to same size blocks. My line size is 1″ block size is 1-1/4 blocks. I know it is all about feathering. I’m one of though people why marry up to wire rope splicing like a natural, but too many strands and need some tricks.

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    Dean Wilson says:

    Myles is a master at his craft… great to watch. Also has anyone mentioned he looks like Tom Cruise.. :)

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    John Lewis says:

    There are a great number of us with small boats, rope rigging. Don’t forget about us. Thanks!

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    Peter Brackenbury says:

    Ouch! My head hurts! I am too visual spatially challenged to get it! Glad there are talented, hardworking people who do.

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    Diane Pool says:

    …any additional tips needed for splicing galvanized wire?

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      Myles Thurlow says:

      Not really, the technique is pretty much the same although the wire does feel a bit different.

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    Michael Vaughan says:

    What a top bloke! Amazing. Eximious! Thank you.

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    Lansing Hays says:

    Myles makes this look so easy. I imagine myself doing the job with a string of loud curses and much confusion about which wire goes where…I do pray I will never have to splice up a wire like this!

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    Walter Allan says:

    Myles patter and skill are definitely on display, here. This and the story of his apprenticeship are inspiring. Great job.

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    John McCarthy says:

    I very much doubt that I will ever splice two pieces of wire together but to watch Myles demonstrate how it is done was extraordinary and utterly fascinating.


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