Timber Hitch

How to Tie the Timber Hitch

The Timber Hitch is also known as the Lumberman’s Knot and Countryman’s Knot, when finished with a Half Hitch this is then known as the Killick Hitch.

Timber Hitch with Killick Hitch
Timber Hitch with Killick Hitch
ABoK 271 Killick Hitch
ABoK 271 Killick Hitch

Don’t let the name fool you, this little knot has lots of uses. Because of the low profile of the knot, it is great for starting decorative knot work. A superb gripping knot for lifting cylindrical objects or piles of cylindrical gear.

The thing to remember about the Timber Hitch for it to work properly, where the rope it wrapped around itself, it need to be evenly space around the loop of the the hitch. Sometimes you see a photo of the timber hitch where the cordage that is wrapped around is all bunched up together and this is wrong.

How to Tie the Timber Hitch Video

In this short video you will learn how to Tie the Timber Hitch.

What is the Timber Hitch Used For?

The Timber Hitch as the name suggests is a hitch that will bind extremely tightly around a felled log. The Timber Hitch was often used in conjunction with the Marline Hitch around large logs, in order for the log to be dragged out of the woods. The Timber Hitch is also used by decorative knotter as a starting knot. The Timber Hitch forms a low profile knot, and grips extremely firmly.

Timber Hitch and Killick Hitch

When the Timber Hitch is used with one or more Half Hitches, then it is known as the Killick Hitch. The Timber Hitch on it’s own is a very secure hitch. However, in order to gain more control over a log, one or more Killick Hitches can be tied to steady the log.

Timber Hitch and Killick Hitch

The Marline Hitch or the Marling Hitch

The Marline Hitch is often used in conjunction with the Timber Hitch. This gives additional control over a log when it is being pulled.

Marling Hitch or Marline Hitch

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