Part two of this little project starts with the installation of the rope grommet at the top of the bag. This operation would be difficult if not impossible without the seaming palm. To sew the grommet in place requires the needled to pass through several layers of canvas on each stitch. The seaming palm gives you the protection needed as well as allowing you to use the power of your entire arm to push the needle through the canvas.
With the rope grommet installed I then added the small grommets through the canvas. These are made by sewing a small twine grommet around the hole in the canvas. Once all the stitching was in place I shaped the grommet opening by reaming it with the fid. Like with the seaming, I’m a little rusty at installing grommets but they turned out decent none the less.
The handle is made up of a length of 1/4″ rope. The ends are threaded through the grommets and then an eye splice is made to secure it. The top loop in the handle is made by clasping on a seizing.
Then it was time for the bottom. Just a simple wooden disk. I marked out the circle with a pair of dividers. Then cut out the rough shape with my bow saw. A little work with the spokeshave and a the rasp resulted and I had a circular disk for the bottom.
The bag is then slipped over the wooden disk. To secure it in place I used some brass tacks spaced about an inch apart. It’s bottom is plenty strong but I could have made it just a little larger in diameter for a tighter fit.
That’s it. Not too bad if I do say so myself. I hope that this little project gave you some new ideas. Sewing and canvas work is a handy skill to know how to do. We can’t make everything of wood. 🙂
I found this video on YouTube. It’s an interview with an old salt from Australia. About half way through the gentleman gives an overview of the tools and their use. He doesn’t mention it, but keep an eye out for the sailmakers hook.