Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Moku hitching...

I put some Moku hitching(coxcombing) on the top section of this adjustable walking cane. The link shows half Moku hitching, but the instructions do mention how to do the full hitching.

I used two 20 foot lengths of cotton cord for the hitching, for about one foot or so of knotted length on the top curved section of the cane, and a few more feet for each of the 5 lead 4 bight 2 pass turks head knots that were tied over the start and finished ends of the hitching. I had to take a quick glance at my copy of 'Creative Ropecraft' to refresh my memory on the smaller turks head. Even simple knots aren't so simple if you can't remember how to tie them from lack of practice. I also used a few drops of super glue to secure the ends of the cotton cord. The cord came from the fishing tackle section at Walmart.

I could have used more cord to make it longer, but I didn't want to cover the adjustment holes on this particular cane. I've haven't applied anything like varnish to the cotton cord, but that could be done to extend the life of the knotwork and probably protect it from dirt, UV light, and staining over time. Paracord would also work well for this type of knot work, but inexpensive cotton and hemp type twisted lines have a nice look of their own.

12 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love your blog. I'm feeling inspired now! Absolutely beautiful knots.

Trevor Wheeler said...

I know I have asked you this before, but I am still struggling to tie the thin blue line monkey's fists(http://thinbluelinekeychain.com/). I just can't seem to figure out how they get the single strand in there.

Appreciate any input

Trevor

PinoyApache said...

I love your works man.

Stormdrane said...

Trevor, without having one of those monkey's fists, I can only guess that it's tied with one color first, and before final tightening, a length of blue paracord is pulled through/around the center of one side of the fist with hemostats, the fist tightened up, then sew/melt/glue together the ends of the blue cord. The connected section then slid up under a side to hide it.

That's just my guess on it. You could always buy one and take it apart to see...

Chris said...

I like this real well. I'd like to do something like that to my cane. I would make it look good.

Staci said...

I just wanted to say thanks. It's so hard to find things to make for my son that he's actually interested in, but he's going to love everything you have here!

bill wilson said...

stormdrane, I would like to become a "Links worth a visit, in mostly alphabetical order" I think that our audiences may be similar. my site http://www.crazy4moneyclips.com. My blog http://www.crazy4moneyclips.com/money-clip-blog. I'm also in Atlanta. I couldn't find an email for you so I'm hopeful you check your comments. It seems you do since I see you reply. thanks so much for your time.

Stormdrane said...

I did look through the money clips you have, but didn't see any with spaces/slots that would allow knot work or a lanyard to be applied, like I did with the Viper titanium money clip.

I'll keep your website in mind in case you get something in that I could use to make a blog post integrating some knot work with a money clip.

CrazyBillWilson said...

StormDrane, I wasn't sure if you could do knot work on this type of clip. http://www.crazy4moneyclips.com/money-clip-store/list/0/catpageindex/2/productid/427.aspx?txtsearch=*&sortfield=productname%2cunitcost

Perhaps there is not enough room, but I thought it may look cool.

Stormdrane said...

It might be possible to do some knot work on that particular money clip, over/around the cables section, with something like 0.9mm cord...

Bound For Cory said...

I just tried this hitching on a bkoen of mine, Here is my blog post about it.

http://boundforcory.blogspot.com/2010/05/for-those-that-dont-know-boken-is.html

toten said...

Excellent work. Very, very fine artisanship.
Bet your Dad has the coolest walker in his VA. Actually- he may need a wrist lanyard- in case one of those old friends of his try to nick (steal) it.
Great work.