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...

Safety Harness

The sequence of photographs shows an ingenious safety harness that can be used for climbing or sailing whenever a custom-made harness is not available. It is extremely safe as regards grip, but the same cannot be said for speed with which it can be released. The only solution is to cut the rope with a knife which you should always keep handy whenever you are exposed to risks anc danger. The harness can be made by following the illustrations carefully.

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...

Poldo Tackle

This is universal and can be used at sea and in climbing and camping. Poldo tackle is a truly ingenious device thanks to the fact that it runs on a closed loop, it is self-locking. Make a bowline at one end of a rope. Run the other end through the loop of the bowline then tie the end on itself with another bowline. The photographs 1, 2, 3 show the minimum and maximum extensions of the knot. N.B. Man-made ropes should not be used forthis knot by climbers.

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...