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About the Author

Barbara Merry is a marine rope worker with twenty years of experience in the splicing trade. Founder and owner of the Marlinspike Artist, she has worked on projects for boats of all sizes, from small traditional sailing craft and working schooners to commercial fishing vessels and U.S. Coast Guard cutters. She has taught at the Wooden Boat School and the Northeast Maritime Institute, and has written on rope and rope technology for WoodenBoat and Invention and Technology.

John Darwin is a master of rope technology and sailed in many capacities from deckhand to captain before working shoreside for a large rope manufacturer. A former rope designer, John still tests and fabricates rope.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 3 edition (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071736042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071736046
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is not there yet in describing how to splice. You'll be going to YouTube for the detail directions.
Having said that, the book is a good inventory of splices, the types of modern ropes and tools you'll need to make splices. By having the rope type and the name of the splice, you'll easily find several videos on how to create the splice in detail (of course finding a video that explains it well is a different challenge).
I find I'm making notes in the book after coming across a good video to update the description of the splice for future reference.
If you want an inventory of different types of modern rope and wires splices with an over of how to do it, then this is a good reference book. If you are looking for detailed directions on making splices, then I would look else where.
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This is the best book on splicing have found. It covers wire, rope, chain, loops, eyes, stranded, and braided rope in great detail and with easy to follow instructions that will have you hanging solid load bearing rigs in no time. I got this to learn how to make slings and eye splice wire and double braided ropes for theatre rigging and acrobatic rigs. I now look at it for pretty much any rope project and use splices in place of knots and chains for most of my indoor standing rigs. All around a fantastic book for journey men riggers and scouts alike.
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I tried to like this book, but the images and descriptions are not quite there. I sat for hours trying to interpret the words and the drawings and just could not get anything close to results. Since I couldn't get the very basic splice down, the more advanced sections were worhtless since the descriptions built upon it. I'm thinking a series of photos with clearer images would have been more useful. After my frustration with this I went to youtube and found several very short and simple video that were much clearer. I like the portablity of a book, but maybe "new mediums"are better suited for knot tying!
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By Bob S. on November 30, 2012
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I use this book in a class. Very well written with great pictures for those of
us visual learners. Auther is world famous as a teacher and artist. Good book for
sailors, scouts, campers, crafters or outdoor folks.
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I knew nothing about splicing. I bought this book and the tools. Bought the rope and started following the steps. I have spliced a few different types of rope so far. Even loops in the end of double braid for my sailboat. I followed the steps and was amazed as I pulled the rope and the loop came together just like the picture. This is by far the best book I have found for explaining the steps when splicing.
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This is not the only "rope" book to have, but it is a must-have book for those interested in knowing how to do everything with ropes. I particularly like the "rope projects" in the book.
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I recently purchased this book because I work with rope, and wanted to learn how to splice. I was happy to find this book covers everything I need and a little extra! The projects are great for practice-- I tried the cargo net, which was very time consuming but worth the effort. My kids love the finished net!
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This is a very helpful book for anyone serious about splicing many kinds of rope and wire. The drawings and explanations are clear.
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