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  1. Anchor Knot
    Made in 1973 from "The Book of Ornamental Knots" by Hensel and Graumont.  Please excuse the age and  other stains (it was glued to a board).  When it fell off the board many years ago it was shoved in a plastic bag which caused the twisting.  I still like it.  Tony


  2. wrist lanyard

    Made from 1/4" rope found while beach combing.   I unlaid the rope at each end and made one tuck of an eye splice. I then did a 3 strand diamond knot to complete each loop and cut the ends close to the knot. 

  3. Mini-fender
    Patterned after large rope fenders found on tug boats and other vessels.  2' length of 1/4" rope found when beach combing.  I folded the rope in half, separated the strands and did wall knotting back to the loop.  Finished with diamond knot.
    I will add split ring and give to boat owning nephew.


  4. I made this door mat from 3/4" manila rope 40 years ago as a present for my mother and father-in-law. My wife and I now have it and can't seem to wear it out. That is a very durable mat. The lines on the right hand show where the ends are whipped and tied with constrictor knots to the neighboring stands



  5. I imagine hemp would be too flexible and loose as a brush, but is there anything apart from manilla that would work well?

    Polyester rope would make a nice stiff brush. I have seen cotton rope used to make a nice dish washing swab. Perhaps a soft hemp would do as well

  6. Nice! Now, once I tie on some hammock netting to my boat's lifelines (gotta keep the toddler inboard), I might have a project with any leftover line...and possibly have to purchase a bit of extra para cord just for that!

    If you are interested in making your own nets I have written Instructions (now over 30 years old) that have stood the test of time;

    If you are interested in exploring the craft further check out the nets and net making section here. Over a dozen net making related topics.

  7. Single strand half hitching is useful for covering all sorts of things

    knife sheath tied around cardboard tube


    Handle for tool box


    carabiner cover (not piritacal but it shows that the ends of the single strand are hidden.



    Here is how I hid the ends

    Tie overhand knot around ring, short tag end. Pull down tag end parallel to ring.


    Tie half hitch around ring and tag end. Pull tight.


    Continue half hitching until desired length. Tie at least 4 loose half hitches reeve Working End through these hitches.


    Starting with loop in top center (second loose loop). One at a time. Tighten the remaining loops (four in all)





    Pull working end and trim


  8. I'm interested. Feel free to share any tutorials here.

    This is ABOK 2206. It requires a LOT of twine in the set-up, about half of which will be recovered when the knot is tightened. Here is how the lay-out looks - about 10' of paracord
    Tightened around a 7/8" diameter core - about 5 1/2' of paracord left over
    The fist is made up of 4 circles. You must put in the desired number of turns in each circle before going on to the next circle.
    Start at the outside of each circle. I am showing only two turns in each circle to make the layout easier to see.
    In this tutorial the standing end is on the right and the working end is on the left.
    Circle 1 - Clockwise
    Circle 2 - - sharp turn - Counterclockwise - go over, under turns of first circle
    Circle 3 - clockwise - go under, over, over, under the turns of circles one and two
    Circle 4 - 180 degree turn over the turns you just went under then clockwise under, over, under, over, under the turns ov the previous circles
    Slack in this knot must be taken out slowly. I find that it is easier to hold the working end and gradually take out the slack towards the standing end. In this way the circles are closing in on themselves from inside to outside.

  9. Double Monkey Fist Knot

    This is Ashley Book of Knots # 2206. Since it has 12 faces as compared to the 6 faces of a regular monkey fist it is sometimes called the double monkey fist.


    I have written a tutorial if anyone is interested

  10. I am a net maker by avocation and am always looking for new applications for the craft. I recently came across this article deascribing cooking arrangements on board a 18th century Royal Navy ship. Were such arrangements used on board pirate ships? You can see the nets hanging in the side of the hearthstove in photo # 2. .Any further information would be greatly appreciated.

    On HM Bark Endeavour (c1770)

    The fire for cooking was contained in the fire hearth and the smoke went up the chimney through a funnel to the weatherdeck. Cooking could be done in the oven but the pork and beef was boiled in large round pots which sat in large round holes on the top - next to the hanging net bags into which each mess-table put its 6 pieces of meat and each bag was labled with the table’s name. To prevent heat descending to the wooden deck, beneath the fire hearth was a layer of sand with bricks, slate or stone slabs.


  11. Ringbolt hitching is an attractive way to cover a solid ring. One strand is involed so the ends can be tied in a knot (in this case a modified diamond knot)


    or a turks head knot


    This is how I did it

    With standing end on left of ring bring Working End through ring and make half hitch.


    Bring WE through ring and from left to right through crossing point and pull snug



    Bring WE through ring and repeat above steps


    When there is roon for only one more hitch bring WE through the ring and UP through the loop holding the Standing End


    Next bring WE through the crossing point and DOWN through the loop


    Pull the standing End down through the loop and the hitching is complete. The ends may be glued or held in place with a contrasting color Turks Head knot



    Turks Head tied with two ends

    Make a clockwise loop with left end in front of ring and a counter-clockwise loop with the right end through the loop


    Bring each end over the strand and through the corresponding loops on top


    Bring each end down across one strand and through the loop on the bottom


    The Turks Head tied with two ends is complete. You can tighten it up and hide the ends or double it by bring each end parallel to the strand just below it


    As I mentioned the finishing knot can be doubled (or even tripled) by following parallel to the indicated strand. Cut the ends close to the knot and push them under the knot to hide them.


  12. I had a marlinspike (used to tighten knots) that was poking a hole in my ditty bag. Here is its cover. I wish I could take credit for the knotting on the spike itself. It was a gift from a friend.


    The knotting is six strand crown knotting tied directly over the spike. The top is a diamond knot variation.