What Knot contains over 150 knots and splices which are illustrated in full color throughout, accompanied by step-by-step instructions. When the knot involves two or more ropes, different colors are used to clarify how the knot is actually constructed. This book book also includes helpful information on cordage types, tools, etc., together with a comprehensive glossary of terminology.
Each chapter is organized by knot type: overhand knots, half-knots and half hitches; figure of-eight knots; bowlines and sheet bends; crossing knots; wrap-and-tuck knots; and mavericks and mutations. Each knot has useful colored tabs on the page which indicate to what activities they can be applied, such as Boating & Sailing, House & Garden, Outdoor Pursuits, Caving & Climbing, and/or Crafts.
Anyone can tie knots. Learn just one or two and you will be glad you bought this book. Learn ten and it could make a difference to your life. The ability to tie a few basic bends and bindings, hitches, loops and lashings, is an invaluable skill. Knotting is a fundamental but fascinating process, being an art, craft, science and philosophy, all rolled into one.
GEOFFREY BUDWORTH has had a varied career as a high-ranking London policeman, as a principal officer in local government, and as a full-time lecturer at a large college of further education. He is now a freelance author of non-fiction works with more than 20 books in the past 20 years to his credit --many about knots -- and is a well-known name within the knotting fraternity. RICHARD HOPKINS has worked in polymer technology research, banking, the security industry and industrial archeology. He has too many hobbies, but knot-tying and lock-and- key collecting are the ones that interest him most.