Feb 13th ( Friday 13 : a lucky number in some minds ) Glenn is a volunteer rigger on the Columbus' Santa
Maria replica and maintain his own personal
( Glenn moved his site - march 2009)
--- see his work on Bowline varieties and
---- and on Lexington Chariot
and don't forget to say hello with your comments in a mail.
May be the Bowline varieties will inspire you to make a THEMATIC knot
Didier MURAT ( A
French established in the USA ) : by a professional, in the style of
what is in France BD ( Bande Dessinée, Comics for the English
world ) , a short
complete and well illustrated tutorial on Sea Chest Beckets
Jimbo comes again with a special item : an elaborated key fob.
After the first prototype (he was dissatisfied with it as it was not
its usual grade of work so
no pictures of it will appear
here) he wrote
[open quote] It isn't
perfect, but this prototype shows what I wanted to build.
The eye is the
almighty Brummel, with a longer-than-normal bury to make
The bury is
SUPPOSED to go all the way into the knot, my usual 5B, 4L
THK bunched up
as tight as my ADD will let me. The other end
course, Brion Tossed. The next one,
I'll put more care and
tightening the THK so there won't be any slack to take
looks like its neck is broken.
The Ring Hitch
is from Ashley, I'm sure, but I can't seem to find it.
I was inspired by
#1863-5, but I made a normal Becket Hitch then hauled
the eye through the ring a second
time, then gave it a half-twist a-la
ABoOK #1920(-ish) before pushing the knob through it.
work to fair it (it works better with a longer eye), but that gives the
effect all the way around the "stem".[end quote]
Now comes the second attempt with
those words (all quotes from Jimbo
"tutorials : with image they are enough for brain
enabled knot tyers to do their own piece.)
[open quote] A little too
long yet, even for my paws. But closer.
I left the bury
lying all the way to the top of the 5B4L THK (actually
used it to double
backwards until it came out the other side), so it'll
be a long time before that broke-neck
look comes back.
To tie this
ring hitch, start with a normal Becket Hitch but pull the
top of the eye as far out
as you can, until the main stem of the knot
jams into the eye's crotch, then pass the knob
twice around one side of
the stuck-out eye. Then "spill" those two hitches that will
the main stem is straight & the eye's parts wrap all fair
tight to make the double-bight
collar. Resist the urge to
haul away on
the stem until it's pretty close to fair. You could
collar-bight over the "near" one and avoid that awkward long cross on
Of course the
secret to making it look like the Ring Hitch "just grew
there" is sizing the eye
right. The crotch of this eye is
just inside the ring. Practice on the bight which will
become the eye, so you'll know without measuring where to put the holes
Added 2008 Nov 25th
[open quote] Braided
#18 brickmasons' twine, Möbius Brummel style Eye, poorly
... (Yes, this is
a Mahogany Fid, yes those dents are from cordage!)
... (Yes, the
little nubs are where I burned off the stray hairs...)
... I used a
large-eyed plastic needle to make the "holes" for the Möbius
and a piece of scrap thread to reeve the eye through
them. The bury is made by the
method. If I could
just find a reliable (and painless) way to "point up" the
could make this without any tools but fingers and brain. If
cord to waste,
I've had some small success at putting the flame a
little ways back from the end, then pulling
the end to stretch the
heated part & draw it out to a point. But I'll need a
of calluses to be able to roll a melted piece of Nylon into a
point with "just" my fingers...
... Also, I tried
to "un-bury" -- to take the eye apart like my friend did
by slacking everything
& massaging it apart. Couldn't
Maybe the eye my friend untied wasn't made right... ... Anyway...
As soon as I can figure out how to make a hard point on #18
twine I'll shoot the whole process "for score" &
you can feel free to post it if you think
it's worth sharing.
Well this is well worth
sharing as it is, so thanks to you Jimbo.
[open quote] The "Boat
Clips" gave me the idea of making a two-tone hitchery. Since
the kinks in a line
are the same piece of cord, that should make a
striped hitchery with a single colored line on
I started with
a simple Overhand Knot quite near the end of the yarn of
the first color.
I know there are "issues" with knottery re H
and Gozovers and Gozunders and an
OK is really a THK somehow, but
basically I just set it up so the short end came out on
the side which
would be covered by the hitchery.
Then I did the
same with the other color, except the ends reversed.
The short end still
sticks up under the hitchery, but from the other
edge of the handle. This leaves the long
ends to pass OVER
OKs to make the lines of kinks run all the way to the end,
I hauled each
OK as tight as I could, then took the first one's long
end, which points away
from the hitches, and began "same-way"
half-hitches, first with one color, then with the
other until I got to
the edge. As soon as the short ends were well secured (4 or 6
I Brion Tossed them & continued Hitching.
At the edges,
I started alternating hitch directions in order to make a
straight line along the
corner of the edge. When I got toward
of the handle, I changed back to
same-direction hitches to bring the
hitchery to an end with the yarns together and the other
ends of the
kinks meeting like at the beginning.
Tossing the other ends, I lightly "modge-podge"-d the
result so I could be sure
it'd last long enough to photograph
line of black kinks isn't as straight and pretty as
I'd like it, so
this will probably get cut off some day & replaced with a
Plus I'd like
to add a lanyard somehow...
So this is a
"proof of concept" rendition, in hopes of feedback from
the Hallowed Halls of
thanks again to this diversified researcher forever advancing the
knotting knowledge ;-)
Added 2008 Oct 15th Jimbo clips with this words
[open quote] Just
I dreamed up, afloat on a Summer's day... Remember...
it's Red Right Returning...
sea!! <ROTFLOL> [end quote]
Jimbo you are reminding me of this old sea Captain.
One day he had to retire at a ripe old age. Then his wall safe was
opened : he had put there
all his treasures taken from his last command.
There was a great trepidation at the opening of the safe as every one
was hoping to ...at
long last.... discover the old sea wolf's lifetime
secret : every time he had to give a helm
order he first always made sure to go and look inside the
Safe is opened : in it just a bit of paper, much creased and decrepit.
Written on it : 4 words
This is a situation that French language has as
"Jimbo essaie de mettre en boite Roy et
Jimbo the famous discoverer of the Murray Island Splice ( see Page 1
Friend's page) is
canning ( put in a box == mettre en boite )
Roy and Chas with a marvelously devised experiment.
Grand Title PROOF! A
Bowline Does NOT Untie Itself!!
[open quote]This has
been bothering me for a long time, and I finally have
inspiration from my good friend, mon cochon, Nautile, and with a
nod to my other
good friend "Mr. President", I set up a scientific
test. I took some exotic cordage, laid in a
properly, then placed it in a hermetically sealed jar (I couldn't get a
Jar, so I used a BALL Jar) in a 3-lock box for seventy-five
years. After all that time, I
cleaned off the dust &
put it in
front of my camera to show the world the proof: Proof
conclusive. A Bowline will NOT untie itself!
( Gabriel has a paragraph on Friend's page - 2 )
Gabriel made me the present of a CD containing a big number of
of his "matelotage traditionnel" ( traditional marlinespike
Photographies in his book L'APPEL DU
LARGE (the call of the high sea)
in big and small size ( I do think of those with slow connexion). This
book is the
catalogue of a many months exhibit (officially sponsored by
Le Conseil Régional , a
political entities having cultural
responsibilities - There are 26 Conseils Régionaux