**Very Cheap Fids!** These are not designed to be fids, as they are wine bottle stoppers. However they are cheap and if you loose one, you don’t really care. I personally have one in the glove box of my car and other places. So if ever away from the tools, I have a spare fid to use. Yes they are small, but they do work well. There are other models also:
Prusik Bottle Sling – Prusik Knot Variation – How to Tie
This knot is mentioned in Ashley Book of Knots #1763. However it does not have a name and also I think the Prusik’s knot true potential was knot known then. The Prusik knot has become very popular as good knot that does not slip when under load.
If ever you have wanted to make a bell rope and felt a bit daunted by the task, fear not, here is the solution.Mikko Snellman has put together a complete kit to make a bell rope from scratch. If you watch the video below you will see exactly what you are getting and what you will achieve achieve.
It has been sometime since I made this short post and I can now confirm that a number of people have purchased the Bell Rope Making Kit from Mikko. I have seen some of the results on Facebook and not only do they look good, but people are very happy with the bell rope kit they received.
Making a Bell Rope Kit
To get a DIY Bell Rope Kit, just visit his website here: http://www.snellman.ax/ do not worry about it not being in English, just contact him via his email at the bottom of the page.
I have also noticed since originally writing this post that Mikko also has other kits on his site for sale.
So click on the video below to watch how you will be making a bell rope:
This is not a how to, I just wanted to show photos of my ditty bag that I made years ago.
Making a Ditty Bag
Making a Ditty Bag is a very personal thing. You may find that over time you will make a number of Ditty Bags. The main reason being is that when you first start out knotting, you have a desire to make a Ditty Bag (well I did). You then go ahead and make your first Ditty Bag and you feel very proud to have achieved that. Also at the same time, you vow never to make another Ditty Bag again! As you look at your new Ditty Bag, you remember all the blood, sweat and tears that went into making it. Not to mention the pain and the newly formed callouses that now decorate your hands.
Ditty Bag Showcase
For many people the Ditty Bag is a showcase of the knotting and sewing skills that they have learnt and put into the making of a Ditty Bag. As time goes by new skills and knots are learnt. Also the memory of the pain of making a Ditty Bag has long faded. So you feel a need to make another Ditty Bag, and showcase your newest skills combined with older skills that you still love.
For more information about the Ditty Bag, click on one of the links or search this site for Ditty Bag.
I now have 4 Ditty Bags and I get the feeling that there will be another in the near future!!!
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Ditty Bag Book
The Ditty Bag Book teaches modern-day sailors the art form of hand-making ditty bags to use on their own seaward travels.
I just had to share this with the world. I was sent these two pictures via Twitter from HMS Albion: New ceremonial bell ropes arrive – amazing!
You have to admit that this is very fine work!
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A new Captain joined HMS Albion yesterday, blow me over, he had a Twitter account. So I asked him if he could get the “Albion Twitter Comms Rating” to reply to my Tweets. Had a few replies in my in-box this morning.
I had the following reply:
“Good afternoon Knotter. TY for the ongoing enthusiastic support and interest. I have just seen your message to the Captain. How can I help?”
“Delighted for you to use the bell rope images on your website. Our bell rope which we will gift to Chester next week was made by the sailors on most recent LH seamanship spec course at RALEIGH.”
“The other ceremonial bell ropes were made by one of the riggers who gifted them to the ship. He wishes to stay anonymous so we have not given any detail”
How to Protect Your Knot Work Decorative Knot Work Protection I thought I would do a short video on the finishing solution that I make up to project some of my knotting projects. Basically, I use the solution for two … Continue reading →
I just wanted to display some excellent work done by Steven Le Say on FaceBook.
“After yesterday’s massive fishing hook I thought I would make one that I could definitely use. I’m going to make a few different styles of hooks and toggles then go and try them all out. Penny for size reference”
I personally love this as it is really going back to basics. Hopefully I will shortly be able to give you an update on how well they worked – Is Steven a bitter fatter or starving hungry?
Paracord Bracelet Mad Max Style for Girls No Buckles – How to Tie. Not really, it was just the colours that dictated the title. This is a simple tutorial on how to make a Paracord Bracelet using the Portuguese Sinnet and the Lanyard or Diamond knot. This is probably the simplest decorative bracelet to make.
The other day I went into the woods and cut myself a Thumb Stick or Hiking Stick. I thought it would be good to cover the handle with a Two Bight Multi Lead Turks Head covering knot. So here is what I did for the Turks Head
When tying a Turk’s Head you may want to know what Lead and Bight configuration is possible. The white areas of the chart show the what Lead/Bights can be achieved:
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Turks Head Tool
The tools shown in the photo below are for making Globe Knots and Turks Heads. These actual tools came with the Turks Head and Globe Knot Cookbook. The Turks Head tool is the middle one and the outer ones are for making Globe Knots.
If you have the skills to make the Turks Head Tool in the middle, you may also be interested in this site Advanced Knot Grid. With this tool and using that sites instructions, you will be able to make many different Bight and Lead Turks Heads
Sample Turks Head Chart
Here is a sample of a Turks Head chart that can be followed with the Turks Head Tool:
How to Back Splice Rope Splice – describes the act of joining the ends, or the end and a standing part, by interweaving strands. The Back Splice is used to stop the end of a stranded rope from unlaying. One … Continue reading →
Marlin Spike Hitch – One Knot Turns into Slip, Loop, Stopper Knot and can also be used to join two ropes together. I am sure that Bowline purists will object to this knot, but I have to say that one knot that can turn into so many other knots, gets my vote.
This is a fairly easy knot to tie and is most useful for attaching a bottle to your belt or other object. So if you are sick of carrying your water bottle, then just use the adjustable jug/bottle sling not.
The Thump Mat is not only decorative but also practical. On-board ships it was used to protect the decks in areas of heavy work and to deaden sound if something was dropped on the deck. Smaller versions of the thump mat also make decorative coasters for pots or cups.
Buying Old Rope I often check eBay to see if anyone is selling all the rope cheap! There are a lot of traders that do sell all rope, but they seem to think that they can market it up at … Continue reading →