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Long considered one of the "majors" of the knotting world, The Encyclopedia Of Knots And Fancy Ropework (EKFR) was the first book I ever read on knotting, back in the early '50's.
This is NOT a book for those with deficient attention spans, poor eyesight or a desire to sit right down and tie the bloody thing... far from it. It has a steep learning curve, the instructions are often cryptic and usually removed from the pictured example by as much as five pages, the photography could have been better lit and a different colour background used... I could go on and on about it's deficits, but:
There is no more comprehensive book on the myriad varities of sennits, knots, turk's heads and (most notably) MACRAME anywhere else in the world.
EFKR springs from a project commissioned by P C Herwig Sons, a popular purveyor of square-knotting supplies in the 30's and 40's and many of the plates can be seen in their Square-knotting guide pamphlets 1, 2 and 3, but then Graumont and Hensel just went 'billy-goat crazy' and the result is an amazing, annoying and incredibly informative work that no real knot-tyer should be without!
Along with Marinero's work on Sailmaking, Steele's book on mastmaking, Rosenow's book on ditty-bags and the ever-venerable Ashley's Book Of Knots, it resides comfortably in the pantheon of knotting knowledge and is a no-brainer purchase!
Vince Brennan, Chief Artisan, Frayed Knot Arts
Notes on the History of Knots and Rope Making
Elementary Rope Work
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