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 to try a new variation of what I have done in the past.
To start with making the handle I decided to use a suitable thickness of rope and splice the top of the handle using all three strands to splice the rope into an eye. I did before doing this cover this section with a Turks Head as described below. However at the bottom I cut off two of the three strands so that I made a smaller finer loop and just tucked the one end up along the core of the rope.
I personally do like a Turks Head, to me it is a very traditional knot and also it is a great knot for covering a messy finish of the knot underneath (perhaps I should practice more on how to finish a knot neatly?). As it turns out this particular project is covered with the Turks Head.
The top handle is covered with a 2 bite X many lead Turks Head. Actually I did this before I actually spliced the rope, so that this way I had a guide on where I would splice my rope once the handle was covered to a suitable length.
I then covered the area where the rope was spliced together with a 4B X 5L Turks Head.
The main area between the two splices was once again covered with a 2B X Many L Turks head.
This was then finished off with another Turks Head. Mmm I think as I am writing this “Lack of Imagination!” Well at least I did use different colours and thickness of cord.
I managed to purchase a Bull Ring off eBay. The are lovely thick copper or brass and they are a hinged ring, so that can be attached to an eye after the eye has been spliced. This I then covered with a ring hitching. Finally the start and end of the ring hitching is cover with ……… Yes you guessed it …… two Turks Heads!!!
I am now thinking of a way of attaching 6 strings to marry up the Leather Ditty Bag to the handle.
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.|