The Rebirth of Furled Leaders Kathy Scott

     Furling leaders mirrors the historic process 
     of rope making, once a necessary craft 
     accompanying Maine’s prolific production
     of sailing ships. Furled leaders look like 
     miniature ropes, threads twined together and 
     secured at either end to prevent them from untwisting. 
     They are not to be confused with braided leaders. 
     Furled leaders can trace  their history back centuries, 
     emerging as the end of horsehair furled 
     fishing lines before evolving into leaders of nine strands
     of horsetail hair, preferably from stallions ...



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