The Ashley Book of Knots

January 20, 2019 - Comment

This is the definitive book on knots. Here are approximately 3900 different kinds, from simple hitches to “Marlinspike 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

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This is the definitive book on knots. Here are approximately 3900 different kinds, from simple hitches to “Marlinspike 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. 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.The Ashley Book of Knots takes us back to a time when knots saved lives and put dinner on the table. Whether out at sea or in a pioneer cabin, knots were a part of daily life, one that is nearly lost today. But in this attractive, well-organized archive of more than 3,900 different knots–presented through 7,000 illustrations–the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handy knowledge.

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Anonymous says:

Knot, Knot, Knot! I first came across The Ashley Book of Knots in the late 60’s when I was a teenager. I fell in love with knots and tying them. When macrame became a popular item, I had a definite advantage over most people. Then, all you had was natural cordage. Today you have synthetic cordage in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes and textures.My copy of this book was thrown out by my Mother when I was drafted into the Army. I found a paperback copy in the late 70’s but it has since fallen apart. Today,…

Anonymous says:

Truly a Magnum Opus My fellow Christians should take no offense when I call this the Bible of knots and rope work. Ashley must’ve received divine inspiration for this magnum opus because it contains from the most basic to knots you shouldn’t use with explanations why to artistic challenges that you’ll probably never even attempt! This one’s a wonderful addition to the family library that I’ll pass down through the our generations.

Anonymous says:

The “Knot Bible” Indeed So what’s the big deal about knots, you say? For the majority of human history (prior to industrialization and assembly line pre-packaged pre-sized made-to-fit idiot-proof modern conveniences that we’ve become so dependent on) life would have been impossible without knots. The ability to tie knots ranks right up there with fire and the wheel in terms of its impact on human progress. In short, nothing in modern society, indeed, arguably society itself, would have been possible without…

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