Braided, Twisted & Tied
Sandy Bob punched a hole in his old rope,
And he swang her straight and true,
He lapped it on to the Devil’s horns,
An’ he taken his dallies too.
Now Buster Jig was a riata man,
With his gut-line coiled up neat,
So, he shaken her out an’ he built him a loop,
An’ he lassed the Devil’s hind feet.– From "The Sierry Petes" by Gail Gardner
Braiding, twisting, and tying are each just one step in the process of transforming raw materials of rawhide, leather and horsehair into working ropes, hackamores, reins, quirts, and more.
- Meet some of the rawhide and leather braiders represented in the Western Folklife Center’s collection and view their work.
- Meet some of the horsehair workers represented in the Western Folklife Center’s collection and view their work.
- Learn about the art of rawhide braiding.
- Learn about the art of horsehair work.
- Share your thoughts on the subject of gearmaking on the Gearmakers Forum.
- Investigate additional Resources.