‘We have been making some moustaches this morning. I have attached some photos that may help any budding fender makers out there.
‘Basically the core of the fender is four fat pieces of rope strapped together with two interlocked chains through the middle. You start off “knitting” the fender in the usual way a band around the middle (see the fourth picture) then working your way outwards in half hitch knots.
‘We make the fenders with shorter sections of rope that are welded on when needed (see the fifth picture). When the knitting is finished we bend the fender round and secure the two end chains with zip tie or rope (this gives you the shape). Two Turks Head knots are then added for decoration to the fender as decoration.
‘Reckon you’ll need some very large diameter rope if it’s for a tug boat. Forgot to say I love the picture of a “pudding” on your site, looks like the skipper has driven through a barn.
‘Hope that’s helped, Michael W H Dawson’
I’m delighted Michael has been so kind as to share his knowledge, but I’m also pleased he enjoyed the picture Mike G sent us – it was such a particularly pompous walrus ‘tache that it made me laugh on and off for 20 minutes. It may have the same effect on you:
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