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    Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    As the title says: I'm looking for new strings / cords for a few Thornton Pickard and likewise rollerblind shutters.
    Anyone here who did restore them and knows a source for the tiny strings?


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    Re: Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    In the meantime found this thread were a member mentioned "kite string" :https://www.largeformatphotography.i...ickard-Shutter
    Any experience with that?
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    Re: Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    Kite string these days is kevlar, dacron or other thin high strength polymers. Or simple nylon.
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    Re: Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    Quite a few years ago, I made one using thread for sewing leather, 1mm dia. Worked well and looked original.

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    Re: Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Havoc View Post
    Kite string these days is kevlar, dacron or other thin high strength polymers. Or simple nylon.
    Thanks Havoc, the Kevlar en Dacron might be usable - at least for me - since these are braided stings and might look not much different from the original. Nylon could of course work as well, but from an esthetics pov it would not have my preference.

    Quote Originally Posted by DMS206 View Post
    Quite a few years ago, I made one using thread for sewing leather, 1mm dia. Worked well and looked original.
    Thanks for that idea DMS2006 - I will certainly look into that since the 1mm exactly the size of the original! Any source for sewing leather thread?

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    Re: Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    Quote Originally Posted by DMS206 View Post
    Quite a few years ago, I made one using thread for sewing leather, 1mm dia. Worked well and looked original.
    I have a reel of it somewhere and have two fps sitting on my desk soaking up some conditioner ready for reassembly. The other good thing is that it has a wax coating on it,, which I believe would make it easier to use?

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    Re: Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewch59 View Post
    I have a reel of it somewhere and have two fps sitting on my desk soaking up some conditioner ready for reassembly. The other good thing is that it has a wax coating on it,, which I believe would make it easier to use?
    For sure....but any source where to find such a reel?
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    Re: Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    Unfortunately, Ian Grant, who was a specialist in T-P shutter servicing and repair, hasn't been able to post here since 2017!
    There may be a "body of knowledge" lurking here locatable using "advanced search". I found my thread solution through one of my daughters' handicrafts contacts who had some heavy duty waxed twine which did the job without being "out of place" visually.

    Just seen the southern hemisphere offer - I will check if I have the reel still. And save the jet transport .

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    Re: Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    Ron, in the netherlands you should google for "koord om leer mee te naaien" of "gewaxt draad om leer te naaien".
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    Re: Thornton Pickard shutter: replacement string/cord ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    Unfortunately, Ian Grant, who was a specialist in T-P shutter servicing and repair, hasn't been able to post here since 2017!
    Isn't IanG the very same esteemed Mr Grant? I thought so, but I may be mistaken.
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