the Rope Makers
Every person who reads this book has a rope they like, a company they’ll stand by. They can talk about the lay of the rope, its tip weight, and its “feel,” but can they name the people behind the ropes? This is them.
It’s a fierce market, this rope business. Particularly today, as the 20-year proprietary patent has just ended on the revolutionary four-strand, cored rope, there’s an energy coursing through the industry—an anticipation of change and opportunity; and for some, loss.
But, in interviews with the rope makers, it’s not the shark tank that prevails. Rather, themes of work ethic, family, teamwork, respect, and God emerged. Stories of lessons learned, capabilities realized, and earnest desires to do more and better were shared; while a deep sense of pride in the products made, the teams that make them, and the brands that produce them was expressed.
Yes, it’s a fierce market, but it’s made up of men and women devoted to improving the sport of team roping by making the best ropes around. These are their stories.