2010 Dec 17th John RICHINGS
after examining Don's photos for the 600
faces single handedly rebuilt
the diagram and the table of crossings (those were sent to me
but I will not put it on line as
any one really interested in getting such material can have it for the
pain and price of sending
Of course he
proofed his intellectual observation work
in the cordage (sorry for the out of
focus appearance, I did
my best with Photoshop )
The story: 2010 Dec 10th
Don wrote in a mail to me :
[open quote] .I wonder if Nono's
grid for the 360 can be enlarged to a 6B and still
be tied ?
May try to see if it will work, nothing to loose by trying,
Right? [end quote]
To which my response was: Yes BUT.
There is always a but.
You will have to go by trial and error
to the right configuration in LEADS.
A few hours later I wrote to Don
it is best not to extend
to 6 Bights as this will cause a huge "hole"
with 6 sides,
better stay at 5B and at that with no guaranty that it
will go spherical.
Here is my drawing of the 625 600
faces its gives Charles
IN FACT it is 600 faces as corrected by Claude HOCHET
12th to 13th
Don sent two mails [open quote] Well I got the grid
on a mandrel and pinned.
Now all I need to do is
put some string on it :>) [end quote]
Then [open quote] See Attached Grid of
5 bights. I just finished at 23:30 hours. Time for
bed. Hope this
meets your approval Charles, Morning to You, Don [end quote] PHOTO OF THIS FIRST ATTEMPT ( read
to know why first )
It certainly met my flabbergasted approval as this take courage to
"attack " a 600 faces
(625 was a mistaken count of mine) with the trust that it will indeed
covering 'in the end'.
Don had a huge faith in my tinkering of Nono's 360 faces drawn
template, not sure I have
the same faith at the moment.
Dec 13th end of
afternoon (my time frame) I got that from Don
[open quote] ... On thing I
already noticed as, I dressed the knot, is that there
are 2 or 3 places that look
like the cord burned part way through
itself from the friction of pulling the last few tight
half cycles to
complete the knot. I think I will try to pull another cord through and
the worn parts. Not what I had in mind but I would sooner do
that than have a break in the
line while putting it on the core. I have
some 1.8mm cord that is not quit as abrasive as the
orange cord so I
hope it will pull through easier without abrasions. I started out with
60 feet of cord,
not knowing how much it would take, and that was about
28 feet more that I need and the
extra pulling was just [end quote]
quote] I'm glad I redid the
grid on the mandrel. I found 19 placed that the
cord was burned over
half way and some were left with just the inner
tiny white cord (less than 1mm). Here are a few pics
of a work in progress. Its complete for the first
pass and I don't know
if I can get 3 passes or not. I think the second
one will fill all of the voids. Lots of the triangle
shape places where
it would be really tough to cram 3 passes in so I think two will max
the spaces.We'll find out tomorrow. I hope this is enough Pics for what
you wanted. I guess this just
about tops Claude's 456 faces?? [end quote]
Well once again he already did that number with my enlarging
(same method than for a
THK) of the Ocean Mat, Don proved in the
cordage this 'pencil and paper' concept of mine.
1 We were quite lucky to get hold of the last model
of a miniaturized savage watch
hound at a good price, and this proves a good investment as lazy
can cost a lot.
dog send me a report with pictures and in this one he was
establishing that he was
watching him good to keep him in the straight
2 But keeping watch on the lazy can be damn tiring I can tell
you (Watch dog was
manoeuvering for a gratification I guess with this shot.)
3 He better begins the serious stuff soon or I will take
and pointed measures!
PHOTO 4 Silly to whom we asked a
sphere is sabotaging putting that into Rugby Ball shape.
Will straighten him in a second flat.
The cheek that guy has! he told me it was no Rugby Ball but
Citrus and going to
Orange. I will let it pass for once, but I saw what
6 Did not cut him any slack and had him taking it out, err
the slack I mean, take
out the slack.
7 and PHOTO 8
At long last he finished the 1-PASS : but no weakness with
workers : just as hairdressers do he had to show front AND BACK (where
bad work !, I know all the tricks, small I am may be by brainy and
no-nonsense I tell you )
Later in the day: [open quote]
The pictures and
description are great and a bit humorous if I do say
The inter core is a 3
inch wooden ball.
The cording is a poly braid of
1/16" inch from Atwood Rope Mfg.
It is the same cord I used for the
Orange knot, but a shorter piece, so I didn't have as much
through the second time around and I was careful and slower and had no
burning of cord.
The orange and golden colors
were beautiful together when I repulled the knot so I may
the orange again for the second pass.
Dressing the knot on the ball was
easier than I though it would be because the knot was
very close to
being the right size and there was no slipping around on the surface.
It took less than 2 hours to completely dress it.
The very ends of the
knot were all that required removing the slack as the main body of the
work was a snug fit with no slack at all.
As a whole the knot was very
easy to do and took much less time than I thought it would.
really did a good job expanding the 360 to 600 grid.
I still think a 6
bight would work after doing the 5 bight. Next???
later still [open quote]
Here is the final
product, The Fireball 600.
It was fun to do.
about 25 feet for the final pass in the Orange cord as it looked really
good with the
ANOTHER RECORD BREAKING : THE LESS YOUNG TYER OF THE
360 FACES SPHERICAL COVERING, THE EIGHTH MEMEBER OF THIS ELITE
an eighth 360 faces spherical covering, one that should inspire all :
[open quote] Hello,
My name is John Richings and I live in Wales and am a wrinkly 73 year
Just a note to say I succeeded tieing the 360 facet (with the
help of Jan Vos' diagram)
Tied on a 40mm polystyrene ball in 1.5mm 8plait so called "chalk line" [end quote]
I had to rework the picture with Photoshop and
'resharpen' its focus.
2010 Dec 13rd Claude
HOCHET A record breaking 456 FACES SPHERICAL COVERING
Another record breaking spherical covering 456 FACES finished yesterday
I have a notion that this record will not stay unchallenged and that at
this very moment
someone must be raising the ante !
This one is on a French billard ball (61.5 mm) 12 m of 2 mm cordage for
2010 Dec 9th Claude
HOCHET A record breaking 408 FACES SPHERICAL COVERING a RECORD
spherical covering with 48 faces more than the famed 360 faces
that so few dared to do, this
one has 408 faces.
L’affaire à mes yeux
semblait mal engagée car après le montage sur mon tuyau il y a
quelques jours je cherchais un cœur.
J’ai opté pour une bille de français.
J’ai donc fait comme mes autres réalisations c'est-à-dire faire le
premier serrage sur le tube.
Là j’ai récupéré 1 m de cordage.
Ensuite je mets la bille et çà bloque un peu pour la faire rentrer je
n’aurais pas dû faire de
serrage me dis-je sur qu’il me faudrait tout démonter, mais méfiant
j’ai poursuivi et en fait je
n’ai eu aucun problème.
Deuxième serrage sur la bille où je récupère 50cm, équilibrage correct.
Avec le cordage récupéré 1.5m et les 1m de trop du départ (je n’avais
été très généreux)
j’ai commencé la deuxième passe, en prenant soin de bien équilibrer la
Lorsque j’eus fini avec mon cordage de rab, je constate après mesure
qu’il me manque 3 m
que je récupère sur la bobine et je coupe car deux passes suffiront.
Fin de la deuxième passe.
Comme j’aime à le faire la deuxième passe me sert de serrage
et j’en ai terminé.
Là aussi record battu avec ma technique 4h devant la télé,
certes j’ai pas vu grand-chose je
regardais le foot, enfin j’entendais le foot !
Pour la partie tressage j’ai du mal à dire le temps car je m’y suis
repris à trois fois avec une
erreur dans ma table de croisements.
Mais comme j’avais peur de devoir recommencer une quatrième fois j’ai
fait très très
J’ai du mettre entre deux et trois heures
Donc je récapitule
8.5 m au début + 3m (il reste environ 2 fois 20cm) soit 11. 5 m.
5 m par passe
Une bille de billard français de 61.5mm
Un tube de diamètre 45 mm cm et de 150 mm de longueur[end quote]
quote] Made another guitar strap for the daughters
interlaced the middle section with a 5 strand weave like
the one I made last year.
It takes 512 holes punched into the leather
to do the inlay and edge lacing and that almost
take as long to do as
the knot work part. I think the end result is worth the effort though.
.... I did find me some
more string when in Utah and came home with 27
300 foot rolls of the
2mm cord and 8 100 foot hanks of paracord. I now
have a better selection of colors to pick
from to do the next whips and
maybe a few dog leads. [end quote]
Here is Don squirrel's cache of strings !
then last but not least because I find them
making a beautiful sight : DON,
MOM (97), RON , two brothers and their Mother.
Hail Lady !
I hope nobody missed the famously rare JACKALOPE trophy in the upper
of the family photo! ;-D)
2010 Dec 05th Michel SINCE
From a new comer :
53, this French is a professional using electrical wires of all
types ! (this explain what first
astounded me in his work (see
documentation he is sharing here)
: a neatness that few have
one year "in knots", hey! there are even some, nevertheless highly
themselves and admired by their own ilk, who even after
some years still have not it ! (Hello
Michel use knots as "tools" depending on the problem to solve but in
ornamental he likes
Star knots ( single and multiple strands), lanyard/Bosun knots and
He is the seventh person to make this spherical covering invented by
2010 Dec 04th Frank
Well known for his 2 pamphlets on animals and
people in string.
one is a roo ( kangaroo it is outside Australia ;-) ) that
should have been "jumping"
but became a "grazing" one due to a trick played by the glue which
refused to set in the
specified span of time.