Masthead Knot

A maul is a wooden club or hammer that is used for driving stakes or wedges and for safety reasons should be used instead of an ax. Using an ax instead of a maul exposes the user to the danger of being cut by its sharp edge. Even if the edge is covered by a sheath, a glancing blow can cause the sheath to be ripped off or to be cut through. The pole of an ax serves as a counterweight to the blade. This counterweight adds to the balance of the ax head and helps to control and increase the force...

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Description--An underhand loop toggled to the standing part with a bight made in the running end. Use--To securely tie off a rope so that it can be quickly untied, especially a small boat to a dock or piling. Comments--A secure knot that is easily tied or untied in wet or dry rope when properly tied a non closing loop is formed, this allows the hitch to move up or down a piling as the water level changes. Narrative--(For mooring hitch knotboard.) (1) Take a bight around an object. (2) Form an...

Diagonal Lashing

Use Diagonal lashing is used to bind poles together that cross each other but do not touch when their ends are lashed in place in a structure. Comments The diagonal lashing gets its name from the fact that the wrapping turns cross the poles diagonally. The diagonal lashing can be used to bind poles that cross each other from 90o to 45o. If the angle between the poles is less than 45o a shear lashing should be used. The diagonal lashing makes use of the timber hitch to pull poles together that...

Making A Hammer Maul

To make the head of a hammer maul you will need a 4 inch diameter, 10 inch long piece of hard, dense, unchecked, well seasoned, hardwood such as elm, black gum or hophornbeam. For the handle you will need a piece of well seasoned ash, hickory, or similar straight grained wood 1 1 2 inch diameter and 3 to 4 foot long. STEP1 Square the ends of the head with a saw. STEP 2 Find and mark the midline between the two ends. STEP 2 Find and mark the midline between the two ends. 3A Wrap a strip of paper...

Seizing

Narration (For seizing with racking turns knotboard.) (1) At the center of a piece of twine, tie a half knot so that the twine is around the first rope and the half knot is between the ropes. (2) Take racking turns with the twine by taking a bight around the second rope and reeving the twine between the ropes (3) then take a bight around the first rope and reeve the twine between the ropes again. (each racking turn forms a figure 8 around the rope. (4) When the length of the layer of racking...

Prolong Knot

A flat knot that is made by interweaving two strands of rope. As stair tread, mat, or chafing gear also as a decorative knot in a two strand lanyard. The prolong knot gets its name from the fact that it can be extended to any length. Place the center of the rope over a peg or hook and tie a loose half knot. Twist the left loop and extend it to the right side. NOTE This will start the over under pattern of the weaving. Twist the right loop and extend it to the left side so that it is over the...

Tripod Lashing With Plain Turns

Narration For tripod lashing with plain turns knotboard. 1 Tie a clove hitch around one of the outside poles. 2 Secure the standing part by wrapping it around the running part. NOTE Wrapping the standing part around the running part prevents the clove hitch from slipping around the pole. If the clove hitch slips the lashing will loosen up from the inside. 3 Start the wrapping turns by wrapping the rope around the poles. Take a total of 4 to 6 wrapping turns. Pull each wrapping turn tight as it...

Spherical Knob Covering

One example would be to cover a knob at the end The length of cord needed to tie the knob covering knot depends on the size of the cord and the number of times the pattern is to be chased. A good length to start with is 8 times the circumference of the knob for each time the pattern is to be chased. Example a one inch knob has a circumference of a little over 3 inches. To cover a one inch knob it would require about 25 inches of cord for each time the pattern...

Footrope Knot

Description a three strand knot that looks somewhat like a turk's head knot. Comments This knot was tied in the footrope the rope that was tied under the yard arm for the sailors to stand on when they were setting the sails to prevent the sailors' feet from slipping along the footrope. Use as a stopper knot in the end of a rope. STEP 1 Unlay 4 to 5 turns of the lay. STEP 6 STEP 1 Unlay 4 to 5 turns of the lay. STEP 6 STEP 7 Tie a wall knot under the crown knot but tuck the strands up through...