Buscupple Boatworks Traditional Maritime Rope Craft

Buscupple Boatworks

A few words about my work…

traditional maritime rope craft

During the Age of Sail (16th – 18th Century), sailors who demonstrated a skill in repairing rope, tying knots, splicing rope, maintaining and storing lines were described as mastering the skill of marlinspike seamanship. These “marlin spikes” also had knowledge of docking, towing and general seafaring ways on the water. Often times, the marine trades were handed down to younger generations and basic knot tying became an instinctual reflex for future watermen.

Sometimes, sailors would personalize their own designs while making decorative items that they called “fanciworks”. In the spirit of these ancient craftsmen, I began researching various rope craft techniques and designs that offer function as well as attractive boating accessories for wooden boat owners and those who collect nautical wares.

I use traditional hand tools and natural fiber rope in most of the Buscupple Boatworks line. An item may include over 150’ contiguous length rope and several hours labor. Sizes and weights may vary slightly due to the nature of using natural rope. In some cases, I prefer to use jigs and forms in the process to ensure consistent sizes such as pairs of fenders or bookend monkey fists.

Buscupple Boatworks Hemp Harmony Balls

Wholesale prices are available and bulk sales offer further savings. I base my prices on material costs + labor. The goal is to deliver a unique, high quality, one-of-a-kind keepsake that is affordable, historical and FUN to create. My preferred markets are Wooden Boat Shows, Maritime Museums and quality Nautical Art & Craft Galleries.

Sammy Cox demonstrating traditional maritime rope craft at the 2017 Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show.

Sammy Cox demonstrating marlinspike rope craft at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show.


Please contact me for more information and a current price list. Buscupple Boatworks offers custom orders and seasonal interpretations that blend traditional craftsmanship with functional designs. Our monkey fist key chains are a good example. We offer bold colors and a variety of quality materials from double braid polyester rope to natural hemp rope — one of civilization’s oldest fiber. Thanks for your support and interest in my products!

Buscupple Boatworks floating keychain


Buscupple Boatworks Canvas Back floating key chain series

The Canvas Back mariner’s key chain series pays homage to the down east heritage of duck hunting along the North Carolina Coast. Constructed of high quality, sterling accessory cord in a “marsh camo” pattern, the 1.25-inch round monkey fist features a 3” loop, traditional waxed whipping cord and a stainless steel key ring.

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Samuel Cox

Buscupple Boatworks Rope Craft
(828) 989-6965

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