Based in Longrock, near Penzance, Rope and Splice sells natural rope. This is either sold in raw form and the team can inspire you on its uses in the home and garden or you can purchase ready made items such as bespoke Rope Stair Handrails, Curtain Ties, Oak Swings and other childrens play equipment. A range of Pet Products such as Parrot Perches and decorative rope for garden decking can also be suplied.
At only 32, founder Phillip Griffin finds his inspiration of traditional rope craft in historic buildings around Cornwall and fishing boats. He learnt his craft whilst crewing yachts in the Mediterranean and can tie over 32 different knots. “Rope skills are exactly the same as those used in the past and can never be replaced by machines in the future” he explains.
“I love working with natural rope. The texture and the smell makes me think of bygone days when everything was handmade and hundreds of tall ships navigated the coastline of Cornwall every day. Added to this is the satisfaction that I often take my work and sit on the quay of a local fishing village to hear the sea and watch the boats come and go. Pre-haps a length of 36mm manila rope needs a decorative manrope knot for someone’s decking or the blacksmith has delivered a fresh batch of handmade brackets that need to be spliced onto a length of hemp rope as a handrail for someones stairs, whatever the job, big or small, I do it with a view of the sea and the glorious Cornish coastline and with a nod to Old England and her seamanship.” he adds.