Cordage

Rope was one of man's first inventions, certainly predating the wheel, and its structure has remained essentially the same for centuries, although the advent of synthetic fibers has given it a strength comparable, and in certain ways superior, to that of steel. Rope and knot are two words that go hand in hand, for one is useless without the other what use is a length of rope without at least one knot in it Up to a few decades ago, the choice of rope was limited hemp and manilla were used for...

Glossary

Bend, to to tie two ropes together by their ends. bight the loop or slack part formed when a rope is doubled back upon itself, bitts wooden uprights, usually in pairs, on the deck of a ship, used to secure large ropes or hawsers. block in sailing, this refers to a pulley with one or more sheaves in a single frame. bollard a post, usually round and made of metal, on the deck of a ship or a warf, used for tying up or mooring. capsize, to said of a knot when it changes shape or deforms under...

Square Matting

This matting has a specifically square shape that is obtained by using four intersecting diagonals. A simple variation is to increase the number of interlacing diagonals on the four sides, thus increasing the size of the mat whilst retaining its square shape. Alternatively, you can increase them on one side only to give it a rectangular shape, but it is better to master the technique of making square matting before attempting this. There is nothing particularly difficult about making this mat,...

Multistrand lanyard knots

This is an uncomplicated knot which gives an attractive and perfectly round end result. Begin by inserting each strand through the turn formed by the previous one 1,2,3 . The weaving in this knot is not exactly straightforward, so study the photographs carefully and follow them exactly. Close the turns into loops 4, 5 to form a structure very similar to the monkey's fist pp. 192-193 and then to ensure that the knot is round, double the loops by having each strand follow through its own first...

Fourstrand Crown Sinnet Around Acore

This is an excellent way of covering a cylindrical object and, despite appearances, is not at all complicated to make. The basic weave is identical to that used for the crown sinnet on pages 232-233, the only difference being that in this case the cords are doubled and a cylindrical object is inserted at the beginning. Doubling the cords will cover the core better, but the same result could be obtained by increasing the number of cords to be braided. Begin by arranging the bights along the core...