WharfWarp

Upcycled Maine lobster rope mats, wreaths and leashes

Freeport, Maine | 617 Sales

WharfWarp

Upcycled Maine lobster rope mats, wreaths and leashes

Freeport, Maine 617 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars (141)
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Announcement    All of our listings are made and ready to ship today. ***Unlike many rope mats, ours are made from 100% reclaimed lobster rope. Help us be part of the solution, know where your rope comes from!***

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Last updated on May 6, 2019

All of our listings are made and ready to ship today. ***Unlike many rope mats, ours are made from 100% reclaimed lobster rope. Help us be part of the solution, know where your rope comes from!***

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Video summary: Making a wreath...

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 mats, rugs, wreaths 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.

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  • Yarmouth Clam Festival
    North Yarmouth Academy
    148 Main St
    YARMOUTH, ME

    Jul 19–21

    We are so pleased every year to attract some of the most talented regional artists and crafters to join us during the Festival. Year-after-year it’s truly amazing to see the abundance of local talent in the area. Join us in support of these fantastic artisans to see classic New England artistry alive and well! A favorite part of the festival, our juried craft show has a fine selection of jewelry, clothing, collectibles, pottery, wood carvings, and other handcrafted items created by over 140 artisans for every price range. The Festival’s jury consists of a panel of independent experts in various categories of arts and crafts. The jury selects crafters based on the following criteria: authenticity of handcrafted workmanship, originality and individuality, design excellence, exceptional skill, attention to detail, and professionalism in presentation.

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Last updated on Jun 19, 2018
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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.