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The Ashley Book of Knots Hardcover – June 21, 1944
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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of more than 3,900 different knots--presented through 7,000 illustrations--the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handy knowledge.
About the Author
CLIFFORD W. ASHLEY had two ruling passions all his life: marine painting and knot tying. A student of Howard Pyle's, he is represented in the permanent collections of museums and libraries all along the East Coast. At the time of his death he was one of the world's leading authorities on knot tying. Both these interests kept him close to the open sea, and when he wasn't trading knot knowledge with sailors, his easel was set up on wharves, decks, or shorelines.
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Top customer reviews
...the Des Pawson or Brian Toss books are better because the diagrams are far clearer. Still, you have this.....
It is a surprising book in two respects. One, Ashley manages to show you how to do most knots in one picture, occasionally two or three. That is a real talent. Look online for knot instructions and you will see twelve pictures per knot. That almost makes it more confusing. The other surprising thing is that the little paragraphs about each knot are really interesting. I have learned a few things.
If you like knots you probably need to own this.
However, the sections on decorative knotting are extensive, and if one is ready for that, this is a good resource.