Today I worked for a few hours on the rope down the right hand side. It takes half an hour per three to four sections. the challenge with the rope is consistency. I want it to look the same but additionally, I don’t want it to look new and perfect: I want it to look used.
Watching Ponting’s film, the amount of rope used during the expedition was incredible. I hope some of these images provide some idea of the different used of rope:
the mooring ropes,
the actual rigging,
loading and unloading the cargo, including sledges,
and using ropes to haul all the goods into and out of the Terra Nova, including lo the ponies;
tethering the ponies;
Ponting trying out new camera angles,
making the sledges,
Some rope used in the pony shoes,
and finally using rope to pull the sledges.
Without rope the expedition doesn’t seem possible. Consequently, that is why I have used rope to frame the map and it will go all the way around eventually.
Anyway, it’s Christmas Eve, I’m taking a break for two days but will be back to a full day of rope on Monday.
Merry Christmas to you all,