Sailors Whisk

Sailors Whisk

Sailors Swab or Whisk In Des Pawson’s Knot Craft, Des mentions that Sailors would swab the decks using giant swabs made from old rope. Also scaled down versions were made to wash dishes and also used as hand sweepers to … Continue reading

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Monkey Fist Keyring

Monkey Fist Key Ring

Here is a little something that I made over the weekend. This Monkey Fist keyring was made from para-cord, covering a small cork ball. The pink para-cord is a Portuguese Sennit. This is a rather useful addition to a boaters … Continue reading

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Cat O Nine Tails

I have already made two cat o nine tails in the past, but I thought this time I would record my progress of making one. In this particular case I used polished hemp, white cotton and also some bamboo. I … Continue reading

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IGKT on HMS Victory

HMS Victory

Every Wednesday in August the IGKT Solent Branch have a display and workshop on the Lower Gun Deck of HMS Victory. It is a very busy day for the team, as the Victory attracts a lot of visitors on a … Continue reading

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IGKT Solent Annual BBQ

IGKT Solent BBQ

Last night was a superb evening for a BBQ, there was warm glow from the setting sun over waters at Fareham, and the smell of the BBQ filled the air. Members and friends gathered for the annual BBQ. There was … Continue reading

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IGKT at Gilbert White’s Garden

IGKT Gilbert White's Garden

It was a garden party where the theme was Victorian Games, as Knot Tyers we made it games with string. We recruted a Cat’s Cradle enthusist Ali, Ali was able to show folks a blast from the past, many Grans … Continue reading

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The Knotted Prawn

Knotted Prawn

Solent Branch on their second show of this summer season have had a good start. Priscilla turned up with a knotted Prawn from Brunei ,at the first day of the Model engineers show, just to whet our Knot Tyers appetite. … Continue reading

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Knot Tyers at Armed Forces Day Portsmouth

GKT Stall Armed Forces Day 2013

Last weekend the IGKT – Solent Branch had a stall at the Armed Forces Day in Portsmouth Dockyard. I have to say that it was a very enjoyable event. It was a glorious day and there were a lot of … Continue reading

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Knotting Tools

Knotting Tools

I love my tools!!! So what tools do you need for knot tying? Well the simple answer is two………your hands. Eventually though you find yourself picking up something to poke, prod or pull the cord into the right position. Knotting … Continue reading

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Granny Knot, Turks Head & Monkey Fist

Des Pawson's Knot Craft

During the sorting out of my father’s house I also came across the Ashley Book of Knots, this used to belonged to Rory Bell. This particular copy was actually leather bound (another skill that Rory had) Wow, I had the … Continue reading

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What Got Me Started in Knotting

Rope Bottle Opener

I thought that for my first post I would like to explain how I got into knotting. Many years ago (early 1960’s) my father was stationed in Aden. We would often go to the beach in the afternoons, as the … Continue reading

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