The Ashley Book of Knots

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Doubleday, 1944 - Sports & Recreation - 620 pages
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This is the definitive book on knots. Here are approximately 3900 different kinds, from simple hitches to "Marlingspike Seamanship." Mr. Ashley has included almost everything there is to know about them. Precisely named and classified (some new ones for the first time officially), they can be easily found in the big index. He tells when they appeared, something about their history, and what they are good for.
Above all, Mr. Ashley gives explicit directions on how to tie them. He describes each step simply and clearly in the text and has penned right alongside some 7000 drawings to make it still more graphic. This book and a piece of cord will open a new and challenging world of practical adventure to readers of all ages.
There are many distinctive features to this informal encyclopedia. Outstanding are the delightful sketches and illustrations by the author that enliven every page. Mr. Ashley, a prominent marine artist, is at his best here.
Sailors have been the greatest experimenters with rope, but since they have no monopoly on the art, the author describes knots used in over ninety other occupations. These range alphabetically from Archer to Yachtsman, and aesthetically from Florist to Hangman. The forty-one chapters include knots classed under such general types as "Hooks, Beckets, and Toggles," "The Noose," and "Tricks and Puzzles."
Mr. Ashley has devoted eleven years to writing this book, and it is based on forty years of looking for, trying out, and thinking up new knots. His drawings abound in humor and the text is full of colorful anecdotes. THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS will make a unique and permanent addition to any library.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER PACK 1 On Knots i
11
Occupational Knots
31
Knob Knots SingleStrand Stopper or Terminal Knots
83
SingleStrand Lanyard Kncis
93
SingleStrand Button Knots
101
MultiStrand Stopper or Terminal Knots
115
MultiStrand Lanyard Knots
129
TwoStrand Lanyard Knots
139
Ring Hitches
307
Hooks Beckets and Toggles
313
Miscellaneous Holdfasts
319
chap PACE 27 Occasional Knots
323
Lashings and Slings
335
The Monkeys Fist and Other Knot Coverings
353
Flat or Twodimensional Knots
361
Fancy Knots
383

MultiStrand Buttons Tied in Hand
155
MultiStrand Buttons Tied on the Table
165
SingleLoop Knots
185
Doubleand MultipleLoop Knots
193
The Noose
203
Knots Tied in the Bight
207
Clove Hitch and Other Crossing Knots
213
Binding Knots
219
The TurksHead
227
Bends
257
Shroud Knots MultiStrand Bends
275
Belaying and Making Fast
283
zi Hitches to Spar and Rail RightAngle Pull
289
Hitches to Masts Rigging and Cable Lengthwise Pull
297
Hitches to Stake and Post Pile and Bollard
301
Square Knotting
399
Tricks and Puzzles
405
Long and Short Splices MultiStrand Rends
425
Eye Splices MultiStrand Loops
445
Odd Splices
461
Chain and Crown Sinnets
471
Plat Sinnets
487
Solid Sinnets
501
Practical Marlingspike Seamanship
511
Decorative Marlingspike Seamanship Applied Knots
549
Bibliography
584
Glossary
597
Index
607
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About the author (1944)

CLIFFORD W. ASHLEY had two ruling passions all his life: marine painting and knot tying. A student of Howard Pyle's, he is represented in the permanent collections of museums and libraries all along the East Coast. At the time of his death he was one of the world's leading authorities on knot tying. Both these interests kept him close to the open sea, and when he wasn't trading knot knowledge with sailors, his easel was set up on wharves, decks, or shorelines.

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