These days, many people would assume all the nets we make here at Renco Nets are weaved together using machines.
But that’s not actually the case.
Though some of the types of net we produce are pre-machined, our experienced weavers often handcraft a lot of the products we supply.
The magic all takes place in our workshop here in the little town of Immingham on the Lincolnshire coast.
We have a small team, some who have been with us for decades, all working to produce strong, durable nets that our clients can rely on – no matter what they might ultimately be used for.
It all starts with a length of rope
When it comes to weaving together a new net, let’s say a rope bridge for a children’s soft play area, it all starts – as you’d expect - with a simple length of rope.
One of our experienced net makers will measure out the length they’ll need and attach one end of the rope to the huge wooden frame that runs through the centre of our workshop.
To imagine it, the frame is like a long fence with various markings and hooks along the top and our net makers work either side of the frame on the net they might be weaving at that moment.
With the first piece of rope measured up and attached to the frame, the net maker will take a second rope and start the process of weaving the pieces together.
In the first instance, the ropes are very naturally woven together. The twines of one piece of rope will be loosened enough for the second rope to be fed through by hand.
The loose twines of the first rope are then tightened around the second rope to create a strong weave, holding the ropes in place.
This process is repeated at equal distances along the rope, depending on the size and type of net that’s being created for the client.
Such a labour intensive weaving process would take you or I an age to complete, but with their vast experience, our net makers work quickly and efficiently, binding the ropes together to craft the net.
Once the net is complete, it will be finished accordingly. If it calls for it, plastic coatings will be applied to the bars of the net, or even to the joints where it is weaved together to provide further support.
These plastic sheaths are wrapped around the rope where needed and then heated to form a secure bond.
The net will then be stretched out to its full size and inspected for quality. Each binding will be checked to make sure it’s strong and durable and that the rope hasn’t frayed.
When the quality check is complete, the net will be rolled up and shipped out to the customer and the process is complete.
As we craft so many of our nets by hand, you can imagine we take a lot of pride in their quality and are always striving to deliver the best product we can to our clients.
Whether it’s a net for a children’s soft play area, a net to keep the cricket balls going for six, or if you’re looking for something more industrial, to haul bricks, cover skips or provide some extra safety around a work site, we’ve got it covered.
Indeed, if you’d like to find out more about our nets or speak to us about producing specific nets for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Remember we can provide you with golf nets, archery nets, tennis nets and football nets. And we also supply ropes for climbing and tug of war. Whatever your rope or netting need, we’ve got it covered.
You can reach us on 01469 575 804. We look forward to hearing from you.