Rope work—making an animal halter

Saturday 4 March 2017

The course

For those who would like to be able to make their own bespoke halters for use in animal husbandry or for those who would like to experience making their own rope and extending their knot-tying skills. This course will teach the basics of splicing including a halter eye splice, back splice, an eye splice, long and short splicing, explaining the uses and limitations of each. You will also learn the basic principles of rope making and make the rope which you will use for your final project. Working in three ply cords in both natural and man-made fibres over the day. The final result will be a cotton rope halter that you will be able take home to use or admire long into the future.

The tutor

Charlie Tyrrell has been knot tying since he was a cub scout. He found he had an outstanding ability for tying knots when an old seaman ran an evening devoted to knot tying. Since then knot tying has become second nature. He has been active in the International Guild of Knot Tyers and can be found demonstrating his craft at many local shows through out the summer. He is keen on to pass his knowledge to others to maintain the knotting knowledge base. See his website:

Participant information

Please bring with you a pen and paper for taking notes. If you have particularly soft hands a pair of close fitting gardening gloves may be useful as rope can be quite rough.


£55 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The course will take place in the Downland Gridshell, it is advisable to wear layers as this building can be cool.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.