Nautile aka Charles Hamel's personal pages


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added 2009 August 9th

ROY CHAPMAN ( formerly one of the IGKT-PAB Presidents )  now  having
his business FORCE FIVE KNOTS :

Here is a tiny sample of items he does :
Hemp bracelet
Tarred Hemp bracelet
You will easily notice the sturdiness and quality  !  



added 2009 August 5th

Here are the four pictures

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Extreme Minimalism:

Can you guess? 

It's a "Double-Wrapped Ring Hitch", of course, at the GPS, made with a Brummel Eye. 
The bury of the Eye is led back OUT of the core, to form the neck loop, then the ends are tucked as Ashley's Telescope Splice ("Snakehead") at ABoOK #2687. 
To taper the "Snakehead", lead the ends back out again, cut or scrape to a point, then suck them back in by "milking" the cordage as in the Double Braid Eye Splice.
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Added  2009 March 15th
JIMBO A VERY ASTUTE HITCH for a keyfob, the return :

there is more than just "making knots", there is also ERGONOMY !

I truly believe that Jimbo follows the   8P

Proper Planning
Prevent Piss Poor Performance


Added 2009 March 06th

You can get the four photographies going with that story in this PDF file

And here is the story  by Jimbo himself ( in green - in blue my addition )

....I asked you ( to Roy Chapmam) about making a fid without a lathe. 
You started with "First, take a block plane..."  Then you had to move on.

I ran with that, imagining "... then whittle away everything that doesn't look like a fid."
 What the heck, it works for elephants.

We happen to have a well-dried White Oak down in the back yard, which has lots of
good wood in it, around the wood-borer holes. 

I took a limb, cut off a straight part, and began.


Hours later, here's what came out:
After shaping on the belt sander, hand sanding, and a coat of Tung Oil (wet sand w/
400 grit, using a 50-50 blend of Tung & Turp), it looks like this:

(The smudge-looking dark spots are where I need to sand some more. 
Notice the spalting in the grain.)
Here's a shot from earlier today:
(Notice the bug in the hole?  I didn't until just now.  This log was full of bugs.)
I hate to brag, but I really got lucky to get this to come out so pretty...
Jimbo it is all right to brag  when there is something to brag about and this is certainly, in my
book at least, a thing to brag about.
Your have the compliments of Mathias ( for those who don't know,  Mathias is my son and
an art wood turner )

There is a tradition in France : the true craftsman ( le Compagnon du Tour de France**) had to make his own set of tools to be considered really knowleadgeable.

**  Tour de France as understood here is not the yearly summer  Cycles Competition  but
the 2, 3, ...7 yearsspent 'on the road' travelling all over France ( to get different traditions
from different "Masters") honing one's skill in the chosen craft.
Les Compagnons are members of a Guild (there is not only one but several !  )
Even nowadays Un Compagnon is held as " an exceptional craftsman".
Would that knots tyers could be  'Compagnons" !  ;-)


Added  2009 March 06th

A VERY ASTUTE  HITCH for a keyfob

By Master Kinker JIMBO in direct :

Those PICASA slideshow contain all the photographies
--- very large       --- 1024 pixels       --- 800pixels

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Part 1. (Photo N 1 to N 4 )

The Starting Point.

The Ring Hitch, Strap Hitch, Bale Sling Hitch, Lark's Head, or Tag Knot.  ABoK #'s 59,
1694, 1699, 1700, 1858 - 1861, 1868, 1890, etc., etc.  Known by many names (so that's
where all the words went!), it is a HITCH, by definition.
And it doesn't lock itself into place. Say, if you use it to tie a wee becket to a keyring ...
When pressure is removed from the Standing Part, a Ring Hitch slacks off.

I wanted to improve this Hitch to use with a key fob.  It would make a nice Hitch for a
permanent lanyard too.

It had to be attractive enough to take out in public, yet easy to tie through a ring without
involving entangling ends as some key fobs end in Eye Splices.  I think you'll see it can be
used on a lot of semi-permanent fastenings, but YBTJ.
"Jimbo's Turtleneck Hitch" (Singled and Doubled -- you can triple it or more, if you have the
nerve.) is a silly name, not to be countenanced, so I'm hoping for suggestions or hopefully it's
already documented...?

Whatever you call it, I think it's a pretty knot with a double bearing on the ring or rail, and a
nice matching "collar" that seems to me to resemble a two-strand Matthew Walker.

Assume the rail in the pictures is an endless rail or a ring or tool or becket or anything else
where you want to fasten a loop in a cord without access to the ends of the "hitchee".

First, the classic Ring Hitch, Strap Hitch, Bale Sling Hitch, Lark's Head, or Tag Knot.
 (Photo N 1 to N 4)

Part 2. ( Photo N 5 to N 12 )

Evolution Begins.

The following sets of photographs illustrate the evolution of the knew knot.

Tuck the Standing Part through the Bight or Eye just like you did the first time. This time,
leave the Bight or Eye loose and tuck the Standing Part again, around the same arm in the
same direction.  When you pull the Standing Part to tighten the knot, you'll notice the wrap
spills into the Eye.  The Standing Part will straighten out, each of the bearing Turns around
the ring will wrap up the Standing Part from its own side.  Keep it fair as you tighten.

That's all there really is to this trick.  The rest is all incremental.

Second, Putting the first kink around the Standing Part. (Photo N 5 to N 12)

Part 3.   (Photo N 13 to N 23 )

Moving Up.

Third, getting another kink around the Standing Part.  You'll notice that the first evolution
leaves the effect of a single turn on one side and two on the other.  If you're okay with that,
you're done, go on outside to play.  If you're into symmetry and balance, this is the
 important part. (Photo N 13 to N 23) Tuck as before, but add yet another tuck. 
Resist the urge to keep tucking, but this is where you would do that, if you really wanted to.  The more you tuck, the harder it is to spill and fair, but it'll all go. 
You can repeat for as many tucks as you like, but I'm content with this. 
This way, I have a double bearing on the ring and a fair double wrap holding the Standing

It's balanced.

Part 4.  (Photo N 24 till the last

Showing Off.  (YIPPEEEE!!!  We're finally done!!)  It takes a bit of fiddling to get the
wraps to spill over into the eye.  Then it's even more fiddly to get the eye laid around the Standing Part properly, so it crosses fairly once in the front, once in the back. 

Then it gets really hard. 
Making the "far" bight (the end of the eye, up there along the
Standing Part) ride over the "inside" crossing takes some doing, especially if you got
tuck-happy; but once the riding turns "stack up", and you fair them and tighten the whole
thing, one of the bearing turns around the ring will wrap around the outside from the bottom
up, and the other will wrap up through the inside.  None of it should "reach" or appear
awkward or inefficient.  It's very tight and compact when it's faired up right.

I just made up a loop with a Matthew Walker to show you this hitch. That was not 'just' to
show how much this Hitch resembles a MW!!  If you're planning on doing one in an eye, this
will let you measure it before you put it in.  Once you know how big of a loop you need, you
know how big to make your Long Eye Splice.  The eye will make up the "collar" of however
many turns you have the nerve to fair, plus it will need to reach all the way around the
"hitchee" with each leg to get the double bearing there. 
So you could measure and compute; or model, mark and move on. 
Make sure you keep it tight, fair and straight; make a mark where you want the crotch of the
eye to be; untie this Hitch but not the MW, and Bob's yer Uncle. 
If you arrange the Eye size so the Crotch is between these "turtleneck" turns and the ring, the
single cord coming out as the Standing Part makes the double-double purchase interesting --  it looks like two parts around the ring and two parts around the ... <gasp> ... ONE part??   Okay, I'm easily amused...

I hope you enjoy it too!

THE KEY FOB ON THE JOB       A quickie to put it all together.

The Double Turtleneck Ring Hitch (Lark's Head With Double Chins?) holds the key ring, the knob at the end keeps the whole mess stuck under my belt.  When I need keys, the knob (a collapsed THK) slips out from under the belt, but only when I pull on it.  Running, jumping, "wrasslin' on the ground", nothing shakes this loose.
Pushing it close to a belt loop helps.

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Added the next day : when I got this last picture  something flashed through my mind :
NETSUKE and I told that to Jimbo who found  a picture that I modified a lot to illustrate.
Just compare.



Copyright 2005 Sept - Charles Hamel / Nautile -
Overall rewriting in August 2006 . Copyright renewed. 2007-2012 -(each year of existence)

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