The Last Handwoven Bridge, Rebuilt by MIT


7 Responses to “The Last Handwoven Bridge, Rebuilt by MIT”

  1. KaffN8ed says:

    I don’t care how safe they say it is, I am NOT walking across a 118 foot canyon on GRASS.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I can only imagine creating the sweetest tree house ever using those type of bridges.

  3. gever.tulley says:

    And, just for fun, here’s a suspension bridge, made from recycled plastic grocery bags, and built by the eight- to twelve-year-olds at Tinkering School in 2007: Grocery-bag Suspension Bridge

    The bridge was actually strong enough to carry the entire class: Fully Loaded

  4. Anonymous says:

    Any pictures of the finished bridge? Neither the article or flicker stream have the finis ed MIT bridge.

  5. Anonymous says:

    NOVA had a good show about this in 1998, part of their Secrets of Lost Empires. The video is unfortunately not online, but a blurb and the transcript are:


  6. Anonymous says:

    In proper units of measure for MIT and bridges:

    The original span is 21.13 Smoots.
    The MIT version is 10.75 Smoots.

  7. jfrancis says:

    I worked on a movie once where a more substantial rope bridge of vines and planks was built. The vines concealed steel cables, and the whole thing was very strong, but it went over a deep gorge and was still a bit scary to use. It would have been a nice convenience to leave behind after the shoot, but insurance required it to be removed.

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