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The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford Ashley
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The Ashley Book of Knots (original 1944; edition 1944)

by Clifford Ashley

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Title:The Ashley Book of Knots
Authors:Clifford Ashley
Info:Doubleday Books (1944), Hardcover
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This book is enormous and comprehensive. An old-school reference work.
  themulhern | Aug 6, 2015 |
As a craftsman Maker there are books that get handled again and again...The Ashley Book of Knots is indispensable for it's discourse on the colonial trades and various places where knots were and are still employed. Lifting and rigging are still practiced broadly in industry and these livings traditions keep many of the knots in use. The Clove Hitch and its many names...The Sheet Bend and others are essential 1st principle skills in the traditional crafts...Knowing the knots and their applications marks a transition in a craftsperson's practice and skill.
I watched many apprentice Operating Engineers wash out of programs just because of the inability to tie a simple knot in the right place...The Bowline Knot sends them back to the Labor Gang most often...Easy to add to the library, watch for them used and well worn for just a few dollars. All of my Nieces and Nephews get a copy... ( )
2 vote TheDancingGoats | Dec 24, 2014 |
definitive knots
  littleship | Mar 6, 2009 |
This is my desert island book. It has everything: useful information, stories, humour, excellent diagrams and amusing drawings. And it's the most comprehensive book on knots there is. ( )
1 vote sarahemmm | Sep 7, 2007 |
This is the most complete book on knots you will find. However, it is not the best guide on how to tie knots. It's organized by various tradesmen and the knots that they would use.

If you plan to buy a copy be sure to look it over. I have found numerous copies with badly printed pages. ( )
  misericordia | Sep 27, 2006 |
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He'll allow his superiors on board to be tolerably good Navigators etc! But Alas! they want the Main Point; for shew me the Gentleman cries he, that can knot or splice? - Ned Ward in The Wooden World
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To my wife, SARAH RODMAN ASHLEY, who has lived with this book for eleven years without losing her patience, her good humor, or her faith in its culmination.
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The sailor, from the very nature of his craft, has a dependence upon rope and a consequent familiarity with knots that is demanded of no other workman.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385040253, Hardcover)

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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Describes every practical knot, what it looks like, where it comes from, and how to tie it. The book includes 4,000 knots, with all the varieties of shipboard knots as well as knots used by butchers, steeplejacks, electric linesmen, knitters, cobblers, surgeons, poachers and cowboys.… (more)

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