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Why Knot?: How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots! Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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About the Author
Philippe Petit has been artist-in-residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for more than 30 years and has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world. He also street juggles, lectures, and practices magic. He is the author of several books, including To Reach the Clouds (Man on Wire). In 2011, he performed his one-man show Wireless!, and in 2012, he was selected as a TED speaker, and he recently finished Cheating the Impossible, the first TED multimedia book. He lives in New York.
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Also, there are not so many in the book that you get confused. Rather, the BEST knots for each problem is detailed. The author is an expert and we all benefit from his years of experience and clear instructions. Plus we can "play along" with the rope. I just put it beside my coach and each night, I'd teach myself a new knot. First I'd go back and try to do all the knots I'd learned up to that point and then add a new one. This made me actually learn each knot. When you're at sea and something comes undone, you have to know exactly what to do immediately. This little gem of a book has helped me do just that and become a better "hand".
Also, the would make a good gift for any sailor....or Boy / Girl Scout....outdoorsman...etc.
It makes a great gift for Father's Day, Campers on their way into the woods, Climbers, Riggers & Stage Hands, Sailors, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, Spelunkers, Timber Framers,Longshore Men, Firemen, Tree Surgeons & Brain Surgeons, Circus schools, Performers & Crews, Motorists, Survivalists, Farmers, Movers--the list just goes on and on...why it's even a great wedding gift--WHY KNOT? when you're tying the knot--there's even a True Lover's Knot on p. 196!
Pick up one for yourself and for your friends and start a knotting party! WHY KNOT?
Philippe Petit is exactly the kind of guy you'd want to teach you about tying knots. His life depends on choosing and tying the correct knot for the purpose at hand.
The book is such a great resource. It discusses the terminology of knots and knot tying. Each knot is discussed in a very clear way that not only describes the purpose of the knot but the historical context of the knot.
Illustrations are plentiful and well-done as are the instructions.
I also like the inclusion of many photos of Philippe "in action" during some of his famous tight-wire acts.
The only negative comment I'll have about the book is that the font size is too small. Other than that, it's a superb book on learning about knots.
A very entertaining and informative book. Highly recommended.
It was worth the price to learn how to tie your shoe laces so they never come untied.
The author has a unique style of writing and illustrating that makes learning the
knots both fun and entertaining. If you're looking for a book on how to tie knots,
you can stop looking right now. Buy this one!