James F. Keating & Son
The Marlinspike Sailor of Marblehead
P.O. Box 605
Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 631-0617

Ropes and Canvas Work, Fancy and Functional

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During the 19th century two art forms,
which belonged to the sailor developed: scrimshaw,
which was the carving and engraving
of whalebone and ivory was peculiar to the whaling fleet,
and marlinspike seamanship,
which belonged to all deep water sailors including whalers.

The latter is a knowledge of rope and canvas
for either fancy or functional uses. It can be
anything from tying a square knot to making a sea chest
becket. Or it can be anything from sewing a patch on a sail
to making a wall bag. All my work is done by hand the same
way with the same basic tools as it would have been
done aboard any ship in the 19th century.

James F. Keating
The Marlinspike Sailor

Email marlinspikesailorjfk@gmail.com for more information