Devil's Rope Museum 

Everything you want to know about barbed wire and fencing tools.

Jim Newman


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Alachua, Florida
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I have been collecting barbed "wire" since the 1960s on the West Coast and East Coast.  I am a member of the ABWS and have published several articles in the "Collector."  I am interested in the history and designs of antique barbed fencing.  I use the term antique "barbed fencing" to emphasize that this field of interest includes not only wire-like designs, i.e. strands, but also sheet metal strips or "ribbon wire," metal bars and rods and wooden barbed fencing.  With a little luck I will publishing a book later this fall on antique barbed fencing designs, entitled "The Point of It All." The book focues on the hundreds of designs and thousands of patent variations and rationale of different inventors who tried to develop a "better mouse trap" or "better" barbed fencing. Being trained as zoologist, I couldn't help from attempting to develop a classification system based on similarities and differenceds in the structural designs and materials used in antique barbed fencing designs. 

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