12/7/2012 – Making Baggywrinkle

thought I’d already posted this but I went back and checked and I hadn’t.  Took the photos but forgot to post it.  Maybe it just got lost in the excitement of getting Siempre Sabado back in the water.  So, here we go:

First off, the basic instructions came from one of our favorite books: “The Arts of the Sailor” by Hervey Garrett Smith.



You can also find the directions (including Hervey’s) on-line by googling “making baggywrinkle”.  But, it’s a lot more fun to have a copy of Hervey’s book onboard.

First you have to collect a whole bunch of 5-6″ pieces of line that’s not good for much of anything else.  We used the cut-off ends of the 3/4″ manila that we made our fenders out of.  Lulu unlayed the line and then divided each strand into separate yarns.

Then you double a long piece of nylon line to use as a core and fasten it between two anchors.  To get an idea of how long the core needs to be, a 4′ long piece of baggywrinkle, wrapped around a 1/4″ shroud, will end up about 1′ long.

Now you need to start making the individual thrums or rovings.  Pass the yarn under the core piece:

Step 1

Step 1

Then, bring the ends up around the outsides and pass then down between the core pieces:

Step 2, such as it is.

Pass the ends around the outside of the core and down through the middle.

And then push it up against the pieces you’ve already done:

All snugged up.

All snugged up.

Once the baggywrinkle is as long as you want, just tie the ends of the core piece together but leave it long for tying on to the shrouds.

making baggywrinkle

Then, you just tie one end on to the shroud and wrap the baggywrinkle around and around until you end up with a “brush”.  Tie off the ends.  Secure the knot with rigging tape if you’re insecure about the security of your knotwork, and then stand back and wait for everyone to ask, “Where’d you get those?”

tie it on

There you have it.




About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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10 Responses to 12/7/2012 – Making Baggywrinkle

  1. vic says:


  2. Sid says:

    Hi Steve, You may have missed my question about email notification when using WordPress. I too am using WordPress hosted by Bluehost and cannot figure out how you have set it up so that readers get an email notifiying them of a new blog entry. If you can offer any advice I would be grateful.
    I read your blog and enjoy your adventures. Having just bought a Lagoon 410 we can empathize with you on the boat repairs!

    Thanks, Sid

    • sryoder says:

      Sorry I missed that, Sid. Here’s what you do:

      1.) Log on to your WordPress account so you can access the “Dashboard” on your blog 2.) Click on “Appearance” 3.) Under “Appearance”, click on “Widgets” 4.) From the alphabetical listing of various widgets, choose “Follow Blog” 5.) Drag “Follow Blog” over to the side of the page and drop it under “Primary Widgets”.

      There will now be a thing on the side of your blog where readers can sign up to follow the blog via e-mail.

  3. MWhite:LittleCunningPlan says:

    Thanks! I think I could actually do that. I’m going to get the book, through your blog of course, for Mike for Christmas. Have a small cup of coffee on us. Sorry it’s probably not enough for a beer!

  4. Hey! That looks pretty easy! Looks like a good book too! Thanks a bunch!

  5. Skeep says:

    Excellent job. One of the first things I installed on my little yacht “Baggy Wrinkles” were 2 baggy wrinkles for the spreader! Glad to see this post keeping the traditions alive! Check mine out: http://baggywrinkles.blogspot.com/2013/07/baggy-wrinkles-is-curious-name-for.html#gpluscomments

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  7. Pete says:

    Thanks for posting this. Now, I begin making Baggy wrinkle for a three mast schooner model, built in 1:87 scale.
    This will be my first try, but I thought it’s about time I added this kind of detail.

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