- Publisher: Doubleday; Second Edition edition (1945)
- ASIN: B002867A7K
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,164,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ashley Book of Knots Hardcover – 1945
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There is a branch of mathematics called "knot theory". It deals with one-dimensional fibers crossing in 3-space, and no other dimensionality has quite the same properties. A strand, wrapped around another and holding it, is a remarkable thing.
Daily jobs in older eras touch abstract math in this book. It's a remarkable encyclopedia of practical, beautiful, and profound ways of pulling things together. Ashley shows bows, buttons, nooses, braids, knots, bights, and seemingly endless other ways to make simple strings into tools, toys, and decorations.
You will come away from this book with respect. All those different people - fishermen, sailors, weavers, surgeons, and shipping clerks - all of them had their own needs and only strings to meet those needs with. They did their jobs, and did them well, using the techniques remembered in this book. What's more, mathematicians use this book as a fundamental reference. Just about any twist in space was named here, so Ashley has become the catalog. When a mathematician refers to "Ashley #128", the structure has been specified completely.
This is history, practice, theory, and fun between the same covers. No working library can be without it.
In his pursuit of ropework, Mr. Ashley spent six months at sea on the whaling bark SUNBEAM; and six weeks on a Delaware Bay oysterman called a 'bugeye'. He interviewed tradesmen, such as: steeplejacks, cobblers, truckdrivers, butchers, electric linesmen, and boyscouts as well as sailors and sea captains to document each nuance of knot unique to its trade. He was taught a few knots by Mr. Ringling himself of circus fame; and taught a knot to Mr. DuPont, a captain of industry.
The result of Mr. Ashley's research was a significant collection of 7,000 drawings of 3,900 knots and their application in a 620 page knot tyers tome which has become a veritable bible for rope workers the world over. In just about any capacity that a rope can be utilized has found its way into THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS. Mr. Ashley has covered: netting, lashings, block & tackle, splices, hitches, and bends. He went from purely decorative knots with no practical value to knots applied to industrial use. He included a whole chapter on rope tricks and puzzles. There is an amusing catalog of small figures the author drew to rate the quality of each knot described, such as a deuce of clubs to designate 'unimportance', or an kedge anchor to indicate 'reliability'.
Equally important as the knot's description was their utilization on incidental equipment. Mr.Read more ›
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Best book out there on knots. Love my new book that came looking like brand new. Very pleasedPublished 26 days ago by Shane Wisecup
One of the best works on knots ever produced. Excellent illustrations. This book is great for naming knots and finding the right knot for the job you need to perform. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I never met a blue-water yachtie who didn't own this book.
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A must have for anyone who is a serious mariner, woodsman, outdoors enthusiast, pepper or survivalistPublished 1 month ago by Jay M. Hercules
The best book on knots ever written. My previous copy disappeared several years ago and I was elated to find this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tom young