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The Ashley Book of Knots (1944)

by Clifford Ashley

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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of more than 3,900 different knots--presented through 7,000 illustrations--the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handy knowledge.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:31:36 -0400)

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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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