Fourth generation hoop net maker Larry Haycraft believes the key to making a good net is patience. “It’s about the rhythm and the math,” he says, “you’ve just got to visualize what you want it to do.” Larry’s father worried his son would be the last net maker in their family. As net making becomes less common in Indiana, Larry strives to teach the practice to his grandson, Tyler. The craft of creating hoop nets is about more than just tying knots—it's about spending time together and communicating.
“Whenever he feels lost in this world… he can always pick up that string and start tying those knots. He’ll never be alone with it; I’ll always be there with him.” - Larry Haycraft
Tyler Mason’s favorite part of his apprenticeship is being with his grandpa. The pair are working on knotting techniques and net design. As the pair works side by side, Tyler is quickly building up his hand strength and tying speed.