Neddy Van Dyck weaves mats, baskets from maritime ropes

ISLAND CREATIVE: Former Straddie man Neddy Van Dyck has turned his hobby of rope weaving into home decor business Rope Buoy, selling handmade mats and baskets. Photo: Elisabeth Willis Photography
ISLAND CREATIVE: Former Straddie man Neddy Van Dyck has turned his hobby of rope weaving into home decor business Rope Buoy, selling handmade mats and baskets. Photo: Elisabeth Willis Photography

NEDDY Van Dyck was always going to make a living from the sea.

Grandson to a fisherman and trained in marine science, a love of the ocean runs deep in the former Straddie man’s blood.

But Neddy, 30, has turned his passion into a creative venture, turning trash into treasure by using old crab pot ropes to weave stunning home decor pieces.

Handmade baskets and mats are on sale at his online store Rope Buoy, which he set up after people began asking to buy pieces he had made for friends.

“Since launching, I’ve woven hundreds of items and the business is continuing to grow,” he said. 

The Currumbin man – who grew up at Cedar Creek and Straddie – said the maritime rope used was tough, resistant to mould and UV-stabilised, sourced from his crayfishing friends in Western Australia, and perfect for outdoor use.

“The crayfish haul and pot is worth so much money to the fishermen that the ropes used are retired after a season,” he said.

“It’s designed to live in the harshest environments you can think of. It’ll outlive me, so I thought it best to recycle it and put it to good use.”

Neddy said he began weaving with retired marine rope in Western Australia while in between jobs as a marine scientist and cray fisherman on the remote Abrolhos Islands.

He was there with his wife Emmie, who was studying medicine, with the couple now parents to son Alfie.

For more about Rope Buoy, visit here ropebuoy.com.au.