Traces the history of knot tying and offers illustrated instructions for nearly four thousand different knots
"The variety of the subject is amazing. No less than 3,854 knots and splices, hitches and hooks, beckets and toggles, sinnets and so on are described and illustrated."--BOOK COVER.
This text provides easy-to-follow instructions for selecting and tying more than 100 of the most useful knots. With knots for climbing, sailing and fishing, every knot contains information on its history and development, alternative names and its uses.
One of the finest, most colorful and definitive studies of whaling ever published. Construction and outfitting of ships, crafts and routines, hunting methods, much more. 133 halftones. 17 line illustrations. Introduction.
An invaluable resource for knot tyers of every skill level.
Each of the knots described in this reference is clearly identified by category and step-by-step instructions and colour photographs explain how to tie or splice them. The author also includes information on ropes, their strengths and their uses.'
“Mr. Petit is the perfect teacher” in this fascinating, educational volume on knot-tying—an art and science that has held civilization together (The Wall Street Journal). Philippe Petit is known for his astounding feat of daring when, on August 7, 1974, he stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City. But beyond his balance, courage, and showmanship, there was one thing Petit had to be absolutely certain of—his knots. Without the confidence that his knots would hold, he never would have left the ground. In fact, while most of us don’t think about them beyond tying our shoelaces, the humble knot is crucial in countless contexts, from sailing to sports to industrial safety to art, agriculture, and more. In this truly unique book, Petit offers a guide to tying over sixty of his essential knots, with practical sketches illustrating his methods and clear tying instructions. Filled with photos in which special knots were used during spectacular high-wire walks, quirky knot trivia, personal anecdotes, helpful tips, magic tricks, and special tying challenges, Why Knot? will entertain and educate readers of all ages. “In reading Philippe’s book we are cogently reminded that without the ability to secure a rope, or tether a goat, or make fast the sheets of a galley, much of the civilization that we take for granted would disappear as easily as a slipknot in the hands of a Vegas conjuror.” —Sting, musician and activist “His descriptions are clear, he deploys humor frequently and he makes his points with anecdotes that are colorful and memorable. Explaining the purpose and creation of knots and thanks to those flawless drawings Mr. Petit earns perfect marks.” —The Wall Street Journal
This book brings together twenty essays on diverse topics in the history and science of knots. It is divided into five parts, which deal respectively with knots in prehistory and antiquity, non-European traditions, working knots, the developing science of knots, and decorative and other aspects of knots. Its authors include archaeologists who write on knots found in digs of ancient sites (one describes the knots used by the recently discovered Ice Man); practical knotters who have studied the history and uses of knots at sea, for fishing and for various life support activities; a historian of lace; a computer scientist writing on computer classification of doilies; and mathematicians who describe the history of knot theories from the eighteenth century to the present day. In view of the explosion of mathematical theories of knots in the past decade, with consequential new and important scientific applications, this book is timely in setting down a brief, fragmentary history of mankind's oldest and most useful technical and decorative device — the knot. Contents:Prehistory and Antiquity:Pleistocene KnottingWhy Knot? — Some Speculations on the First KnotsOn Knots and Swamps — Knots in European PrehistoryAncient Egyptian Rope and KnotsNon-European Traditions:The Peruvian QuipuThe Art of Chinese Knots Works: A Short HistoryInuit KnotsWorking Knots:Knots at SeaA History of Life Support KnotsTowards a Science of Knots?:Studies on the Behaviour of KnotsA History of Topological Knot Theory of KnotsTramblesCrochet Work — History and Computer ApplicationsDecorative Knots and Other Aspects:The History of MacraméA History of LaceHeraldic KnotsOn the True Love Knotand other papers Readership: Mathematicians, archeologists, social historians and general readers. keywords:Antiquit;Braiding;Climbing;Heraldry;History;Knots;Lace;Mariners;Prehistory;Quipus;Science;Theory;Topology;Knotting, Pleistocene;Egyptian;Inuit;Chinese;Mountaineering, Topological Knot Theory;Knot Theories;Quipo Knot Mathematics;Knot Strength Efficiency;Heraldic;True Love;Crochet;Computer Aided Design;Trambles “… it is a veritable compendium of information about every aspects of knots, from their links with quantum theory to attempts to measure their strength when tying climbing ropes together … the huge scope of this book makes it one I have turned to many times, for many different purposes.” New Scientists “I enjoyed browsing through all the chapters. They contain material that a mathematician would not normally come across in his work.” The Mathematical Intelligencer
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News is a vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family. Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a “head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair...features as bunched as kissed fingertips,” is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just desserts. An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters to return with her to the starkly beautiful coastal landscape of their ancestral home in Newfoundland. Here, on desolate Quoyle’s Point, in a house empty except for a few mementos of the family’s unsavory past, the battered members of three generations try to cobble up new lives. Newfoundland is a country of coast and cove where the mercury rarely rises above seventy degrees, the local culinary delicacy is cod cheeks, and it’s easier to travel by boat and snowmobile than on anything with wheels. In this harsh place of cruel storms, a collapsing fishery, and chronic unemployment, the aunt sets up as a yacht upholsterer in nearby Killick-Claw, and Quoyle finds a job reporting the shipping news for the local weekly, the Gammy Bird (a paper that specializes in sexual-abuse stories and grisly photos of car accidents). As the long winter closes its jaws of ice, each of the Quoyles confronts private demons, reels from catastrophe to minor triumph—in the company of the obsequious Mavis Bangs; Diddy Shovel the strongman; drowned Herald Prowse; cane-twirling Beety; Nutbeem, who steals foreign news from the radio; a demented cousin the aunt refuses to recognize; the much-zippered Alvin Yark; silent Wavey; and old Billy Pretty, with his bag of secrets. By the time of the spring storms Quoyle has learned how to gut cod, to escape from a pickle jar, and to tie a true lover’s knot.
This is a new release of the original 1943 edition.
The Book of Decorative Knots illustrates over 60 beautiful - and functional - knots for a wide variety of purposes. This meticulously illustrated book presents each knot with clear, step-by-step line illustrations that explain each phase of the properly tied knot. 9:15 AM 9/21/01Included are lanyard knots for decorative braidwork, bowknots that make loops, 'Turk's head' knots for making decorative handgrips, button knots, sinnets, flat knots, and many, many more. (5 1/2 X 8 1/4, 144 pages, illustrations)
Explains how to use rope and provides annotated step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions for tying more than one hundred stopper knots, binding knots, bends, hitches, loops, braids, and splices.
This classic is organized as follows: Making Rope Behave Knot, Bend or Hitch? Anyone Can Splice The Short Splice The Long Splice The Stowage of Rope How to Lay Up a Grommet Whippings The Heaving Line Some Notes on Seizing Worming, Parceling and Serving The Running Turk’s Head The Star Knot The Tack Knot The Lanyard Knot Matthew Walker’s Knot A Simple Rope Mat Ladder Mat and Block Mat A Russian or Walled Mat A Sword Mat A Rope Ladder with a New Twist Plaited Sennits Crown Sennits Rope Handles Coach whipping Grafting, Pointing and Hitching Cockscombing The Sea Chest Deadeyes and Lanyards Decorative Wall Bag Tom Crosby’s Ditty Sox The Rigger’s Little Helper Wooden Bilge Pumps Palm and Needle Practice The Ditty-Bag The Sea Bag The Bell Rope Wooden Cleats Rope Fenders Stropped Blocks Canvas Deck Bucket Rigging a Jackline Sail Stop Bag Some Notes on the Use of “Taykles” A Lanyard for a Cannon The Catboat Race Making a Mast Boot The Water Jug Registration Numbers Art and Yacht Design Synthetic Fibers and Their Characteristics
DIVThis treasury of practical and ornamental knots ranges from easy half-hitches and bow-lines to intricate rope-work projects, such as rope buckles and cask slings. Detailed instructions accompany the 148 drawings. /div
Knots are familiar objects. We use them to moor our boats, to wrap our packages, to tie our shoes. Yet the mathematical theory of knots quickly leads to deep results in topology and geometry. The Knot Book is an introduction to this rich theory, starting from our familiar understanding of knots and a bit of college algebra and finishing with exciting topics of current research. The Knot Book is also about the excitement of doing mathematics. Colin Adams engages the reader with fascinating examples, superb figures, and thought-provoking ideas. He also presents the remarkable applications of knot theory to modern chemistry, biology, and physics. This is a compelling book that will comfortably escort you into the marvelous world of knot theory. Whether you are a mathematics student, someone working in a related field, or an amateur mathematician, you will find much of interest in The Knot Book.
This title demonstrates stage by stage and in 323 photographs, the tying of 95 knots, hitches, plaits, bends, rope and wire splices, sennits, and decorative ropework mats, covering all the basics that yachtsmen, or other outdoor sports enthusiasts need to be familiar with.
What Knot contains over 150 knots and splices which are illustrated in full color throughout, accompanied by step-by-step instructions. When the knot involves two or more ropes, different colors are used to clarify how the knot is actually constructed. This book book also includes helpful information on cordage types, tools, etc., together with a comprehensive glossary of terminology. Each chapter is organized by knot type: overhand knots, half-knots and half hitches; figure of-eight knots; bowlines and sheet bends; crossing knots; wrap-and-tuck knots; and mavericks and mutations. Each knot has useful colored tabs on the page which indicate to what activities they can be applied, such as Boating & Sailing, House & Garden, Outdoor Pursuits, Caving & Climbing, and/or Crafts. Anyone can tie knots. Learn just one or two and you will be glad you bought this book. Learn ten and it could make a difference to your life. The ability to tie a few basic bends and bindings, hitches, loops and lashings, is an invaluable skill. Knotting is a fundamental but fascinating process, being an art, craft, science and philosophy, all rolled into one.