Sheridan Rope Maker Knew How To Tie Things Up

Kevin Koile - Sheridan Media

One Sheridan area resident decided whenever he reaches the end of his rope, he’d make more.

Fred ‘Slick’ Mueller is a retired machinist and built his first rope master machine back in 1957.

Some machines have 3 hooks to make rope, while others have 4 or 7 to make thicker strands.

Since then he’s made about 850 of them that have been used all over the U-S as well as Canada, Mexico and Australia.

He says the problem now-a-days is that the machines have become less profitable.

Fred Mueller

“They’re getting too expensive to build and the demand for them is there, if I could build them, but I couldn’t afford to hire a machinist to do the machine work on them and so I said I just quit building them.”

Mueller adds one thing about making rope is that you need to make it longer than what you want, because you have to allow for shrinkage.

Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media
Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media
Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media
Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media
Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media
Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media
Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media
Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media
Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media
Kevin Koile – Sheridan Media


1 Comment

  1. It was very nice seeing young children gathering around to watch and make ropes. So hope more of these demonstrations and included in the future. Would love to see the Exhibit Hall full of all types of projects.

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