WharfWarp

WharfWarp - Reclaimed lobster rope creations from Maine

Freeport, Maine · 132 Sales

WharfWarp

WharfWarp - Reclaimed lobster rope creations from Maine

Freeport, Maine 132 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Announcement   We are excited to share that our recycled lobster rope doormat is featured in the HGTV Magazine July/August 2018 issue! We are making more mats, favorite our shop and check back as our stock changes daily.

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 20, 2018

We are excited to share that our recycled lobster rope doormat is featured in the HGTV Magazine July/August 2018 issue! We are making more mats, favorite our shop and check back as our stock changes daily.

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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Shop members

  • 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 markets!

  • The Vintage Bazaar
    Cumberland Fairgrounds
    TOWN OF CUMBERLAND, ME

    Jun 30–Jul 1

    This bazaar is held outdoors and creates a unique festival feel with LIVE music, lots of food trucks, fun demos, vintage truck/camper displays and family fun (vintage carnival style!). There are over 200 vendor spots at our outdoor bazaar at the Cumberland Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maine. This year's outdoor bazaar will be our biggest and best yet!

  • Yarmouth Clam Festival
    Yarmouth Chamber Of Commerce
    162 Main St
    YARMOUTH, ME

    Jul 20–22

    A Maine Summertime Tradition Since 1965 Admission to the Festival is FREE! Come join us for a long weekend (always the 3rd Friday in July) and enjoy all that we have to offer; Friday night parade, Saturday night fireworks, live music from 3 stages, fantastic food served by our non-profit volunteers, arts & crafts shows, road races and more. The Carnival on the Midway opens Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday. All other Festival activities start Friday at 10:00 am. Thank you for supporting us! The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce would like to thank you for attending the 2017 Yarmouth Clam Festival! We look forward to having you back next year, July 20 – 22, 2018! For p

  • Picnic Craft Fair
    Lincoln Park
    356 Congress Street
    PORTLAND, ME

    Aug 4

    The 10th annual Picnic Craft Fair will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018! This juried indie craft fair will be held outdoors in Lincoln Park on Congress and Franklin Streets, in Portland ME. The fair will run from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. Come shop the best in handmade indie crafts and vintage goods. Admission is free to attend! Picnic Craft Fair will feature over 120 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, plush, stationery, ceramics, housewares, vintage goods, and more.

  • 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.