Feeling “tied down”? Looking to get “knotty”? This’ll keep your hands busy!
Originally written in the 1940’s, “The Ashley Book of Knots: Every Practical Knot—What It Looks Like, Who Uses It, Where it Comes From, And How to Tie It,” by Clifford W. Ashley.” is an incredible compendium of knots for anyone and everyone, and has been considered the standard classic in the field of knots.
Rodeo coming up? Going fishing? Want to make a pretty bow? Putting up a laundry line? Sewing, crafting or macrame? Tying your pet out back? Building a swing set? Spelunking? Need a lanyard? Or a knot that will keep something fixed into place and be a bugger to undo? Got it! Need a secure knot that will come undone easily when you want it to? Got that, too!
Author Clifford Ashley devoted a decade of his life compiling this information, and is so easy to follow that perhaps you could do it with your hands tied behind your back! Ha!
Knots are one of the earliest inventions of humanity—and it is thanks to their usefulness and versatility that we have civilization at all! Every twist and turn you can imagine are contained in “The Ashley Book of Knots”, including intricate formations of knots that become works of art. With a staggering 3900-plus knots described in illustrated and verbal form, fisher folk will find all the knots they need for their poles and lines, gardeners will find just the right strength of knot to give that tree the needed amount to let it stay in place, hunters will find it invaluable for tying up that pig or setting up a lean-to if needed, and for the adventurous romantics… well, you can figure that one out for yourselves!
“The Ashley Book of Knots” is truly invaluable!
Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.