freedom to make critical
remarks, there cannot exist sincere
HOW TO QUICKLY GET NON DANGEROUS CORES FOR SPHERIC KNOTS
To easily make to order a core ball
(globe) I use
aluminium foil. ( The kitchen sort,
used for cooking and preserving )
With the French brand (do not know if the one you can get will be
thinner or thicker or
equal) I use I roughly follow
this procedure :
- packing the ball hard though not 'pounding' on it or
using really maximal force.
- starting figure : square
of aluminium foil.
fact it can be 'an irregular square', that is a rectangle as it is
the area of it that is the real parameter.
the diameter of ball in millimetre
is length of the side of the square in centimetre
I realize that it is not very neat to mix different units (cm and mm)
in the same formula
but it makes from
easier manipulation and mnemonic if not for mathematical correctness.
Doing this you approximately get a ball that has a D in millimetre
expressed by a "number" that is equal to the number measuring
the square side
This is 'valid' or
rather 'usable', in a non strictly linear manner, with
5cm X 5cm and 30cm X
RECURSIVE MOVE GET YOU A SQUARE MAT
I was doing doodles thinking about a perfectly square
mat with the
maximum of economy.
This is what happened to be drawn on my paper
I made it in cordage too.
COULD THIS BE A NEW WAY TO 'SHOW' A KNOT
I think that for some knots this can be one way to show it
added 06 Jan 2011
this seems to have inspired the author of a book published in
of 2009. my post date from 2004-2005 and I have never seen anywhere
this way of doing things! Book is to be avoided -over costly for its
real worth, nothing new, just a collection of already threadbare
projects! Photos are so badly done re contrasts, light and choice of
colour proper for our best eyesigt which are green and yellow
that mos tof the crossings are undecipherable and that is saying
nothing about thetoo
many out of sharp focus shots !
EBONY AND WHITE TURK'S HEAD
I was interested by the contrast between this very dark,
smooth parallelepipedic piece
of exotic wood and the ultra-white
cordage being added to the apparent
contradiction of hiding
of one under the
rather mundane appearance of the other.
HOW TO 'SMOOTHLY', that is only using 'continuous moves'
TRANSFORM A BOWLINE INTO TWO INTERLOCKED REEF KNOTS
(no rethreading - no gluing - no cutting)
Just try it and when done go and see my way to do it.
The two interlocked reef knot are 'equivalent'
to the bowline
HOW ABOUT USING A WORKING MODEL ROPE WALK TO DO PUBLIC
Here is an
that was once in France
is now on show at Le Musée National de la Marine
at Le Trocadéro in
This piece is actually working 'to scale'.
There are ways to do one with 'LEGO' bricks that is working
and it could be an
VANDA (a Chartreux she-cat, friend of my Thai-Siamese cat UTMO) is
(no 'its' for such a creature!)
sincere appreciation joined to her considered
and learned opinion about
topological endeavour about knots
You cannot beat her way of putting forth what she thinks
about that :
"only fools use ropeto play instead of mice".
She is literally
dumbfounded and rolling on the floor
laughing a cat's laugh at such silliness.
A 'LATERAL' SPLICE
Trying different ways to do a 'perpendicular' splicing
this is what I did.
Do not have any specific use for it though.
A conversation piece it is
at the moment.
A 'ONE STRAND' PSEUDO-SPLICE
Wanting to get the 90¨or 95% performance given
by a splice while using a polyethylene braided rope I arrived at this sort of weaving
Some 19th century text state that a splice is responsible for a 1/8th
diminution the strength of the rope, so leaving 7/8th ,
Waiting for Jimbo to test it with a mechanical shovel.
SIMPLE TRIPOD LASHING
Cannot be simpler to lash 3 sticks
together to make
Based on the ubiquitous overhand.
ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPECTING THE LAY OF STRANDS
using ABOK #2772 Marline Eye Splice or Tucked Eye.
At the occasion of the reading and study of a report
fatal lumbering accident where this tucked splice was in use I tried
some 'experiments' :
doing permutation in the strands used and soaking the 2mm nylon 3S
cordage I used in WD 40 or in TEFLON to get it quite 'sliding and
I am now convinced that it is of prime importance to disturb the lay of
the rope only in the most minimal manner. In order to do that you have
To obtain that minimal disturbance the best way is not to use two
tucks as Ashley shown but to be sure to do as many tucks as there are strands
in the cordage, and to make sure that each of the strands is used once.
Never use the same one twice.
This sort of equilibrate the 'pinching' action of the strands.
Make sure of the residual potential sliding under heavy loads by
putting either a stopper or a half-hitch.
To test the concept just try it with fibrillated staple polypropylene
3S cordage 8mm in diameter with the tucks soaked in
the way I show and then try putting 2 or even 3 tucks under the same
Then try again but quite haphazardly and after pulling study
the tucks were under different strands or under the same one or 2 of
them instead of 3.
MY TWO WAYS TO MAKE A CONSTRICTOR KNOT.
This first one does not need
access to the extremity of the part on which it will be put while
for this second one
ask for it. (See
in Friend's Page Jimbo and Roy contributions about the Constrictor)
HOW TO 'TRANSMIT' A KNOT OVER THE PHONE
There are several different ways to transmit knot :
I preferred the "turtle
way", just as in old basic computer language the turtle was
*Any* knot can be made into a diagram - more or less easily of course -
so this manner of doing could be one among many other.
thing that may present a difficulty is giving the most careful
attention to the choice of the
'frame of reference', when creating a 'common ground' that is to be
really 'common' to
the involved parties.
Of course between people used to each others it is possible to directly
-- start at the middle of the of the page,
-- go down south for 7 cm,
-- makes a left turn go
-- makes a left turn go 5 cm....and so on.
If 'sender' as already
made the drawing
it is a piece of cake.
Basic material :
-Graph paper : equal units on vertical and horizontal
-(x) axis is at the top the sheet held in the normal way ( top is
'North' for the draughtsmen)
-(y) axis is at the leftmost side ( West)
-(x) axis is oriented from West to Est
-(y) axis is oriented from North to South
(coordinates are in (x // y ) order.
In absence of indication last point is joined to the 'being given point"
Now here is a simple one ( hitches are a bit more complicated.)
- Fixed loop
- point of departure SPart
- join ( 3 // 0) to ( 3 // 5)
- join [ last point ( 3 // 5 ) to ] ( 5 // 5)
- join last to ( 5 // 4)
- Join to ( 2 // 4)
- ( 2 // 9 )
- (4.5 // 9 )
- ( 4.5 // 2 )
- ( 2.5 // 2 )
- ( 2.5 // 2 )
- ( 4 // 3 )
- last point = end of 'tail' : ( 4 // 7 )
Now slow retracing the drawing from the beginning will meet 7 crossings
(each 2 times so having a control) H = High or
Over L = Low or Under
reference being "the way you are
going at that
First encountered at (3 // 2) is H
Second encountered at (3 // 3 ) is L
Third is at ( 3 // 4 ) and is L
Fourth at ( ( 4 // 5 ) is H
Fifth at ( 4.5 // 5) is H
Six (4.5 // 4 ) is L
Seventh ( 5 // 4 ) is L
Eight is already done and is at ( 3 // 4
) now viewed as H (
Ninth is already done and is (4.5 // 5) now viewed as L (
Tenth is already done at (4.5 // 4) now viewed as H
Eleventh is already done at ( 3 // 2 ) and is now viewed as L
Twelfth is already done and is ( 3 // 3 ) and is now viewed
Thirteenth is already done and is ( 4 // 4 ) and is now viewed as H
Fourteenth is already done and is ( 4 // 5 ) and is now
viewed as L
FROM LAPP BOWLINE TO ALPINE BUTTERFLY BOWLINE
Quite easy in one simple move as
you will see here
. and there
are the bends
Some words about INVENTION, CREATION, FINDING about
knots and in
particular THIS FALSE THK (THK ALTERNATIVE
You get the diagram if you want to make one
About two years ago (2006 May) I was attempting expending a
I made a
mistake without realizing it
and went along to finish with
that knot in my hands.
Here is the full diagram for enlarging
a 5B 5L
THK to a NON THK with 5B 'external" and 4B 'internal' with 5L
Invention ? discovery ? creation ? finding ?
: in my French mind map (from Latin) this suppose that is is
imagination working toward a previously unknown 'item'.
Well my imagination was not "working", that is wantonly, deliberately
working toward *this* particular knot. In fact it was working toward
So this is not invention just because of that notion of "absence of
But as for it being something that did not exist in "my personal
Universe' it could have been.
: still in my French mind map this is getting something that was
unknown, ignored, or hidden. In any case it was
"pre-existent" to the 'putting it to light'.
Well it could be a
discovery if one applied "ignored" or "unknown" to myself or
knot tyers. Using "hidden" would be taking a Platonic view of
: well if it means "making" , "crafting" something new ( at least to me
and some other persons) then certainly this applied.
But creation seems to me a "deliberate and reflected upon action" which
it was not as I was mistaken.
At the most it was a "creative mistake".
: this entails, serendipity, happenstance, chance in getting something
without having been really trying to get it most often. remember I was
***not***trying to find that result.
This is the less
unsatisfying word in the present case, though I would be tempted to say
that it was not the me that found the knot but rather the knot that
found me! Just as I usually say, if pushed, that we are not passing
through time but that time is passing
THE BLINDS or ASHLEY TAKING US FOR A RIDE (well he
must be a good
chauffeur seeing how many members of IGKT of the Authors ilk
that one ( and others "approximations")
ABoK #783 : the TWO-STRAND FOOTROPE KNOT. No special mention
in Ashley's prose
:: ANOTHER ORIGINAL BEND...as it stands the method of tying is more
complicated than could be wished but this can probably be
remedied , in Ashley's own words.
My comments : to disguise the thieving?
or is it just a forgotten reminiscence that he attribute to his
inventiveness ? this
show that Ashley is very far from being the infallible Pope some take
him for, this show too that so called specialists of IGKT are not
really top of the world as discernment go.
THESE KNOTS ARE BUT ONE AND THE SAME STRUCTURE !
Proof in pictures : ONE TWO
By the way, in the #1452 contains too much unuseful crossings that
makes it "complicated" when compared to the Footrope knot #783 and
pseudo invention a less than good realisation.
Copyright 2005 Sept - Charles
Hamel / Nautile -
Overall rewriting in August 2006 . Copyright renewed.
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