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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Inspired by items seen at the AGM in Chatham my wife strongly hinted that she would like something similar. The result is in the photo. What surprised me was the quantity of cord used, 85m of 3mm to make a bag 15cm square by 3cm deep plus the strap.


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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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Decorative Knife Lanyard Making

Making a Knife Lanyard

I do rather like this particular lanyard because it incorporates a number of different skills, it can also easily be wrapped around the wrist or through a belt. This particular style of lanyard comes from Toss The Rigging Handbook. Toss … Continue reading

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Bell-Rope For An Old Four Masted Barque Making A

Herzogin Cecilie Ships Bell

Here we have an example of a bell rope made for the An Old Four Masted Barque by Ken Yalden. In this particular case the rope is made from 4mm 3 strand polished hemp. Starting at the top and working down, … Continue reading

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Learning Kumihimo at the IGKT Branch Meeting

Learning Kumihimo

Kumihimo Last night at the Solent Branch of the IGKT we were treated to Kumihimo; this is a form of braid making originating in Japan. The actual word in Japanese means “gathered threads” For more detailed information on Kumihimo Originall … Continue reading

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Ocean Plait Mat Making an

Ocean Plait Mat

I recently purchase 20 meters by 3/4 inch of used rope off eBay. It originally came form a crabbing boat off Brixham in Devon. The rope has obviously spent many years in all types of weather. As a result of … Continue reading

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Fender Keyring Making a

Fender Keyring

Fender Keyring Sometimes it is nice to do something fairly simple and quick, they also make a nice little gift for someone. In this particular case I used some blue colour line, well I actually used 3 x 70″ inches … Continue reading

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Monkey Fist Doorstop

Monkeys Fist Doorstop

Here is a quick present that I created over the weekend for someone. They wanted a large monkey fist to keep one of their doors ajar. When I created this one I decided that it should have a long loop … Continue reading

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Ditty Bag Making a

Ditty Bag Project

Ditty Bag Noun: a small bag used especially by sailors to hold sewing implements, toiletries, etc. These days the ditty bag is very common among knot tyers for keeping their tools and cordage in. Origin: 1855–60;  of obscure origin I … Continue reading

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Des Pawson’s Knot Craft Book Review

Des Pawson Knot Craft

Learning How to Knot When I first became interested in knotting, I searched the Internet for different books on the subject. To be quite honest, I had gathered quite a few books on knotting, but many of these books lacked … Continue reading

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Learning How to Sprang

Sprang Demonstration

Fiador Knot On Tuesday 11 February 2014 we had another interesting meeting at the IGKT Solent branch. As a part of the meeting, the homework set was the Fiador Knot, also known as the Theodore Knot, ABOK pg 201. Examples … Continue reading

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Bell Rope Making

Ships Bell Polished

Ships Bell I have always wanted to make a bell rope, but in my mind the biggest setback was not having a bell to hang the rope from. For many months, leading to years, I had been searching for the … Continue reading

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IGKT Meeting Long Foot-Rope & Pineapple Knot

Making Pineapple Knot

IGKT-Solent Branch Meeting On Tuesday 8 October we had another excellent branch meeting. As usual we were assigned homework, this time the knot to learn was the Long Foot-Rope Knot. This particular knot did cause some confusion as it depended … Continue reading

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Knots on the Canal

Stern Fender

How wonderful it was to have a weekend break on the canal near Bath. The weather was glorious and ‘Leah’ was a beautiful 54ft long narrow boat. We sailed from Bradford on Avon and headed towards Bath. The first thing … Continue reading

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