the freedom to make critical
remarks, there cannot exist sincere
flattering praise - Beaumarchais.
SHPK to clarify the crossings.
panel of the different phasesof laying a
should definitely clear the mist
remaining in some minds about the multi-layered
aspect of """"coding"""" .
'little' story offered in friendship
A guy in bright red briefs is running his heart out
much that he is taking over, one
after the others, all the other
runners. The admirers totally blind to a crucial
him loudly !
At long last he steps over the finish line under a lot of
applause but also at the dismay
of some of the onlookers that though they know better don't dare to
"open" the eyes
of so good a bunch of guys who seems so over-pleased to enjoy the
victory of the
Red Brief Runner .
Red Briefs is shouting like a demon
" I won, I won, look how
good I am at running, I beat them all".
Then a guy (one of those sadly unpleasant persons) not really liking
people making fools
of others and themselves decide
to state the FACTS :
" Yes you certainly arrived first, well done indeed, however there is
this wee slight detail
that you are Red Team, which is really
big pity as quite unfortunately for you and your
misguided admirers who should
know better, now running is the Blue Team Competition
and you lost yourself managing to persuade yourself that you
are absolutely right."
A lapidation followed immediately !
Believe it or not :
the guy who got stoned to death was not the fool runner but
this unpleasant guy that dared
to state the FACTS.
So someone did a fantastic Pineapple , unfortunately it is
So someone did what almost everyone think is a THK only it is NOT a THK.
So someone is hailed a guru ex-spurt only he is ......
Just like the Red Brief someone certainly won but in the wrong
REPEAT DO NOT FOLLOW ANYONE ( myself included 10 folds).
THINK FOR YOURSELF AND BY YOURSELF ONLY.
NEVER TAKE FOR TRUE WHAT IS """HANDED DOWN""" TO
GOOD SELF TILL YOU
HAVE PERSONALLY VALIDATED IT BY YOUR
OWN RESEARCH AND
THINKING. THE BIGGEST IDIOCY IS ALWAYS
FROM SELF ALLEGED or ELECTED BY OTHERS EXPERTS.
MISTAKEN FOR KNOWLEDGE IS ALWAYS WORSE THAN
AND ACKNOWLEDGED IGNORANCE !
modified from SCHAAKE & TURNER ) that may be will clarify
some point for you. The
ESSENTIAL coding of a STANDARD
Herringbone PINEAPPLE .
Look how the "yellow " upward left
H-P cross in UNDER crossing
other coloured lines. There is a mathematical relation between them
you can easily
see just by observing attentively.
Another quote that I love ! (page 209 of THE BRAIDER) and
that I feel tailored
for a great many of ornamental knots
knots tyers tend to have a
better understanding of what they are doing
as the 'tool' will make them pay a price
that an 'ornamental
' knot will never exact.)
In order to be a braider, one should not only
be able to produce first-class braid-work, but
should also fully understand the properties of braids and
their various associated
I put in PUBLICATION_3
a whole tutorial on BIGHT ALGORITHM of
MULTI-STRAND KNOTS MADE ON A
CORDAGE RUN ( shadow ) erroneously called
THK ( standard REAL THK )
by too many people ( number of
strands needed to be the GCD of L and B )
STRICTLY PAPER AND PENCIL, NO DIGITAL PROGRAMMING.
Here is the 20 pages or so PDF I wrote using Schaake method as he
exposed it in
I deliberately rendered some passages
very faint as my goal is not to furnish free
access to THE
My goal is but to motivate people to buy ( for peanuts or
a CD plus postage)
the CD with the whole collection of
some 60 issues (some 1600 pages
- Printed version exist
but of course is much more costly in price and
BRAIDER from Dr John TURNER
question that I encountered here and there that sadden me by
personal thinking (I am no horseman even if some in my family are
(certainly not with bosal and such : would be
considered "bizarre" I suppose ;
we are more of the " Haute Ecole de
Cavalerie" school than the Cow Boy School I guess)
Is a HEEL knot a Pineapple
or not a Pineapple ?
would like those persons to realise that just as a refrigerator is no
all case a
FRIGIDAIRE (which is a brand of refrigerator only), a HEEL
knot is ONLY
A FUNCTION in horsing gear and not a knot per se.
Any knot capable if having the function
of a HEEL KNOT is good, it just
that a PINEAPPLE is adequate.
of this knot is to be just like a hand made into a
fist holding together the
two extremities of a piece called the nose band in horsing gear. It is
could remind one of the chin piece in the bridle of a
So don't be mistakenly thinking that it is a SPECIAL FORMULA of a knot
only a SPECIAL UTILISATION of a knot.
Knots are tools and they areto be used to solve specific problem : the
of keeping joined the 2 extremities of a nose band ( bosal ? ) is
by a knot called the
ANY knot having this capability can be a heel knot. ( plus acting as
*** Grant HEEL KNOT == page
134 to 137 of his Encyclopaedia.
He advocate either a SPANISH ring knot or a side-button knot
"foundation knot" to close the two extremities of the bosal
together and says
the best to cover thisfoundation knot is the pineapple.( that
is the button
Argentinian gauchos ) This is atthis occasion the he state that the
( the true one of course and not
what pass to many uneducated eyes for
a pineapple under the simplistic
pretext that it is an interweave ! )
pineapple is The King of Braided Knots ( page 134 ) : start 5L 4B THK
raised to a7L 6B then start the interweave with a 5L 6B THK
*** If an interweave it just does not make it a Pineapple : a pineapple
interweave but all interweave are not Pineapple !
*** in LEATHER McCARTY ( Grant MATTHEWS ) web site : [open quote] "Grant
horsehair the colour of your choice
or you may provide
hair from your
favorite horse. He also offers the
choice of a heel knot or a
pineapple knot on the tail end.
There is also a leather popper on
the tail "
which just goes to show that thinking heel
= pineapple is
*** Ramon F. ADAMS in THE OLD-TIME COWHAND wrote page 122 : "The "heel
knot" is that enlarged plaited knot ate the end of the shank of the
bosal comin' jes' under the chin......All the strands of both ends
of the bosal
should be used in securely tyin' the heel
*** According to
Heel Knot - The knot at the end of
This just show that this is a FUNCTION and not a particular TYPE of
knot even if a
Pineapple Knot will be more than adequate.
Copyright 2005 Sept - Charles
Hamel / Nautile -
Overall rewriting in August 2006 .
Copyright renewed. 2007-2012 -(each year of existence)