Ringbolt Hitching How to Tie

Ringbolt Hitching Tutorial

Ringbolt Hitching Originally Ringbolt Hitching was used to cover ringbolts etc in order to prevent a rope from chaffing against the hard steel. It can also be used as a decorative cover for rope-work, or even to cover the metal … Continue reading

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Constrictor Knot How to Tie it

How to tie the Constrictor Knot

How to tie the Constrictor KnotTying the Constrictor Knot In this short video I will show you how to tie the constrictor knot. The Constrictor knot has to be one of the most used knots, and is really a good … Continue reading

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Matthew Walker Knot How to Tie

Sailors Whisk Matthew Walker Knot

Matthew Walker Knot Video I have done a short video on how to tie the Matthew Walker Knot: … Continue reading

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Knots to Learn to Tie when Boating, Camping and Fishing

Here is a selection of useful knots to learn Bowline Knot Tutorial Clove Hitch Tutorial Square or Reef Knot Tutorial Blood Knot Tutorial Clinch Knot Tutorial Palomar Knot Tutorial Sheet Bend Tutorial Taut Line Hitch Tutorial Two Half Hitch Tutorial … Continue reading

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Cockscombing Tutorial

Cockscombing Tutorial

How to Cockscombing Here I have done a short video on Cockscombing. Originally Cockscombing was used to cover parts of a rope to protect it from chaffing. However these days it makes a splendid decorative covering, and each end can … Continue reading

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My New Knotting Apprentice

A Chocolate Labrador Retriever called Bear OK nothing really to do with knotting, but I just wanted to introduce board followers to Bear. At the time of writing Bear is 10 weeks old and it is my plan to make … Continue reading

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Great Knotting Images on Pinterest

Follow IGKT on Pinterest

Great Ideas for Knotting Projects If you are looking for some great pictures of decorative and working knots, then why not take a look at the board that we are creating on Pinterest? I would suggest that you keep coming … Continue reading

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Star Knot How to Tie

Star Knot Tutorial

Video Star Knot Tutorial At present I do not have photo images on how to tie the star knot, but for now here is a video that I have done: Video Demonstrating the Star Knot … Continue reading

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Tie the Carrick Bend How to

Carrick Bend

Carrick Bend Tutorial The Carrick Bend is generally used when working with large hawsers or cable that do not easily create tight bends or tucks. The other good thing about the Carrick Bend is that it will not readily slip … Continue reading

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Sheet Bend How to Tie

Sheet Bend

Sheet Bend Tutorial Make a bight as per the second picture below. The working end of the black cord passes under the bite and over the upper orange cord. The pass the working end of the black cord back under … Continue reading

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Bowline Tutorial

Bowline Knot

How to Tie the Bowline This is classed as a classic seaman’s knot, but evidence would suggest that the Bowline dates back to pre-historic times. At the bottom of this post I have also included a video: As per the … Continue reading

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IGKT at Waterfest in Weymouth

Captain Jack Sparrow

First Ever Weymouth Waterfest The International Guild of Knot Tyers were luck enough to be invited to have a display at the Weymouth Waterfest 2014. The event took place over the weekend and the weather was glorious for the occasion. … Continue reading

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Current Archaeology Features IGKT

Archaeology IGKT

“Hot off the press” Current Archaeology features the International Guild of Knot Tyers. Sorry my pride took over for a second we were not so much featured but we did get a full page spread at the very back of … Continue reading

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Ditty Bag Making the Handle for Leather

Ditty Bag Handle

I think the hardest thing about making the handle of the ditty bag is to make it different. I have done a number of rope handles for ditty bags and they all look fairly similar. So this time I decided … Continue reading

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Knotting for the Film Industry

Hangmans Noose

From the title you will think that I have made it to the big time, a prop from Master and Commander or Pirates of the Caribbean maybe? Well sadly not, however this short film does include a hangman’s noose that … Continue reading

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Ditty Bag Leather Making A PT 1

This blog post is dedicated to Blake my chocolate Labrador, who sadly passed away unexpectedly on the 22/07/2014 during the making of my Leather Ditty Bag. Blake would lay next to me outside; he would absorb the sunshine whilst I … Continue reading

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Bell Rope Making the Tarred

Tarred Bell Rope

After I made my first bell rope (Making a Bell Rope) I felt very pleased with what I had produced. I made the mistake of thinking to myself, OK have made a bell rope I can now cross that off … Continue reading

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IGKT AGM New Presidents Speech

IGKT Presidents Speech

For those of you who were not able to attend the International Guild of Knot Tyers Annual General Meeting, here is an outline of the speech given by the incoming President; Antoine Leroy Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends, I have … Continue reading

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IGKT AGM in Chatham Dockyard

Porthole Knot Board

When something is called an Annual General Meeting (AGM), you get the feeling that boredom will cover you like veil if you attend. Well, I have attended a couple of IGKT AGM’s now and they are far from boring. An … Continue reading

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Kringle Mat Making a

Over the weekend I had a bit of time on my hands, and I came across some length of cord that I had laying about. So I thought why not make a colourful Kringle mat out of it. Des Pawson’s … Continue reading

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