Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Some new knot references...

One of my sisters sent me an Amazon.com certificate, for my birthday last week, and I ordered a few more knot books to add to my slowly growing knot reference library.

They arrived today and all have some different things in them along with similar ones with different perspectives.

The Marlinspike Sailor

The Morrow Guide to Knots

Des Pawson's Knot Craft

Fisherman's Ultimate Knot Guide (Cards)

9 comments:

waykno said...

Like your site. I have the Morrow book. It's OK. Seems like different knot books will sometimes show a slight difference in a how to. Then you (or I do) wonder which is the correct way to actually tie the knot or does it really matter. On some it may and others it may knot (pun intended). wk/Tulsa, OK

Stormdrane said...

I think having the same knot shown made from multiple 'how-to' examples has helped me where I've often been stumped with only one source. I'd say the 'correct way' is the one that's easiest to learn and remember.

For example: The Ocean Plait mat. I've tied it starting at one end of a length of cord, and I've done it where you start in the middle. Both ways end the same, but starting in the middle seemed to save some time and trouble of feeding the cord around and working twist out of the line as it's made.

Of course with knotting, like most everything else,the more I learn, the more I find there is that I do not know.

I believe if you never stop learning, it keeps life interesting...

danielgreen said...

thanks for the reference SD will do

waykno said...

I agree with your response when generally talking about learning to tie knots except my point was more about the following: some knots (zeppelin for example), if you tie it just a hair off, like putting the end in from the front when it should be from the back (or vice versa) could cause it to be insecure and/or collapse. Depending upon your circumstances, that could be an unhappy time. Generally, with the stuff you show, that won't be the case. BTW, you seem to be doing a bunch of bight/turk head stuff lately. I am brand new to this and I've started off with and have stuck to the bracelets and key/knife fobs using 550 cord. I'm getting a collection--is this addictive? Thx again, wk.

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Ty said...

I know the book of decorative knots is good for beginners and I plan on picking that up as a reference. I am also interested in your 3 peg woven technique you use for neck lanyards. I wanna make a necklace and am interested in learning that technique. Is there any video tutorials or books on that you know of? Also, what is the best way to finish a necklace like that if you want to tie it into itself for a seamless looking finish?

Stormdrane said...

I did make a short video for the 3-peg spool method shown with paracord(somewhere among my blog pages). The diameter of the cord you use and spacing of the nails/pegs will determine how tight/loose the pattern comes out.

You can also google to find a few online examples showing how a knitting spool/corker works.

There are a couple of pages about them in the 'Ashley Book of Knots' as well.

I've not made a 'seamless' necklace with that method, but have used a simple knot to finish them and break away clasps work too.

Jud Bond said...

What a great site! I see you got Des Pawson's book. I think this is one of the more unheralded volumes in the knotting world. It's full of great projects. I think you will have fun with it.

Toby said...

I totally agree about the Des Pawson, and the Stewart Grainger books. Budworth's books are generally good (though I'm not that crazy about his Decorative Knots). For packing in a large variety of knots you don't see in every book, John Shaw's Directory of Knots is a good one (and it has a spiral binding so it lays flat while you're tying).