Re: Wooden rope stropped blocks
You can turn those egg-shaped ones on the lathe. Just cut the mortise for the sheave while the blank is still square edged, turn them, and then gouge or file the groove for the rope after parting off. I usually turn a gang blank of two or three at a time. I'm sorry, but I seem for once to not have an applicable picture of this on hand. I'll have to take some when I next make a set.
You can turn your own sheaves too, if you have a mandrel for your lathe. Lignum vitae is the perfect wood for this: very hard, and with it's dense, waxy nature, pretty much self-lubricating on the pivot pin.
Amphibious Macroplankton Oughtredia doublendus
Mostly found frequenting the littoral and estuarine zones in the southern half of the Salish Sea, though sightings have been recorded both north and south of this area, and occasionally, but rarely, inland, in freshwater environments. This species lives on micro-brewed beer and dutch-oven biscuits,and displays brightly colored nylon and gore-tex plumage during the rainy season. Approach with caution!