WharfWarp

WharfWarp - Reclaimed lobster rope creations from Maine

Freeport, Maine · 301 Sales

WharfWarp

WharfWarp - Reclaimed lobster rope creations from Maine

Freeport, Maine 301 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Announcement   We've added a new upcycled rope product, festive garland! A colorful and creative way to decorate an entry, tree, railing, window or door. Great for outdoor spaces. Custom lengths and free shipping!

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Last updated on Aug 30, 2018

We've added a new upcycled rope product, festive garland! A colorful and creative way to decorate an entry, tree, railing, window or door. Great for outdoor spaces. Custom lengths and free shipping!

Jeanine O'Brien

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About

The Story behind WharfWarp

Maine is known for its rocky coastline, maritime history and LOBSTER. We are proud to call it home! We are a husband and wife team and lifelong Mainers. After recent career changes, we are taking the time to enjoy our creative side. And so evolved WharfWarp. We gather unwanted warp from wharves along the coast. The warp is sorted, cleaned and woven into wreaths, mats, rugs, and pet products in our Freeport, Maine barn.

What is WharfWarp? A Wharf is a structure projecting into a harbor so that vessels may moor alongside to receive and discharge cargo. Warp is a series of threads on a loom over and under which other threads are passed…i.e. rope. Another rope term used in the lobstering industry is pot warp. Pots are the traps used to catch lobsters. The pot warp connects the buoys on the surface to the traps on the ocean bottom.

The fishing industry is prominent in our seafaring state. Stacks of lobster traps and piles of rope are common sights along the coast of Maine with lobstermen using thousands of feet of warp to secure and pull traps. After years of work in the Maine waters the warp loses its strength and usefulness. When old fishing gear is no longer functional it can end up littering wharves, filling dumpsters and entangling sea life. We help divert this material from an unfitting end and use it to create treasures.

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  • Jeanine O'Brien

    Owner

    I'm a "knotty" girl...

  • Tim Barthelman

    Maker

    and I got "roped" into it.

Local

Find WharfWarp at the following upcoming market!

  • Freeport Fall Festival
    L.L.Bean's Discovery Park
    93 Main St
    FREEPORT, ME

    Oct 5–7

    We've brought together the best New England artists and makers of fine craft for a three-day festival on the L.L.Bean campus and Freeport Village Station courtyard in Freeport, Maine. Enjoy browsing for just the right piece to add to your collection, plus sample all the attractions of a day in Freeport!

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Last updated on Jun 19, 2018
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Care instructions

All recycled lobster rope products can be safely cleaned with a hose or pressure washer. Avoid using any chemicals on the rope. Most of the rope is made from polypropylene, a type of plastic, and will not bleed, stain, or run.