The Ashley Book of Knots
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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As a craftsman Maker there are books that get handled again and again...The Ashley Book of Knots is indispensable for it's discourse on the colonial trades and various places where knots were and are ... Read full review
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This is my desert island book. It has everything: useful information, stories, humour, excellent diagrams and amusing drawings. And it's the most comprehensive book on knots there is. Read full review
CHAPTER PACK 1 On Knots i
Knob Knots SingleStrand Stopper or Terminal Knots
SingleStrand Lanyard Kncis
SingleStrand Button Knots
MultiStrand Stopper or Terminal Knots
MultiStrand Lanyard Knots
TwoStrand Lanyard Knots
Hooks Beckets and Toggles
chap PACE 27 Occasional Knots
Lashings and Slings
The Monkeys Fist and Other Knot Coverings
Flat or Twodimensional Knots
MultiStrand Buttons Tied in Hand
MultiStrand Buttons Tied on the Table
Doubleand MultipleLoop Knots
Knots Tied in the Bight
Clove Hitch and Other Crossing Knots
Shroud Knots MultiStrand Bends
Belaying and Making Fast
zi Hitches to Spar and Rail RightAngle Pull
Hitches to Masts Rigging and Cable Lengthwise Pull
Hitches to Stake and Post Pile and Bollard
Tricks and Puzzles
Long and Short Splices MultiStrand Rends
Eye Splices MultiStrand Loops
Chain and Crown Sinnets
Practical Marlingspike Seamanship
Decorative Marlingspike Seamanship Applied Knots