Business Hours: By Appointment

About Us

A note from the artist:
After a 35 year career in knot tying and splicing I’ve decided to move closer to my home and into a smaller shop. I won’t miss the 45 minute drive… both ways and the cost of heating and cooling the place. The building is very old, the wiring is very old and I’m getting there too…
I’ll miss teaching at the marina, the atmosphere is so special to ropework, I’ll miss the writing and (winning) grants, books, and featured articles.
I will still be working though, just on a smaller scale and doing festivals and lectures. Reach out if you have any work requests and maybe I’ll be able to meet you in person sometime.

Thank you all for your continued patronage and support as I enter this new chapter.

About The Marlinspike Artist

Barbara Merry is a marine rope worker with more than thirty years of experience in the trade. Founder and owner of The Marlinspike Artist in Wakefield, Rhode Island, she has worked on projects for boats of all sizes, from small traditional sailing craft and working schooners to commercial fishing vessels and Coast Guard cutters.In 2008 Barbara received a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to conduct a teaching apprenticeship in marlinspike seamanship.In 2011 Barbara was awarded a Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant from the Institute for Community (ICR).She has taught at the WoodenBoat School and The Northeast Maritime Institute, and has written on rope and rope technology for WoodenBoat Magazine and Invention and Technology Magazine.The second and third editions of her book “The Splicing Handbook”, published by International Marine, are available everywhere.

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