The Shell Combined Book of Rope and Ropework
* Number Of Pages: 200
* Publication Date: 1993-03
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0715381970
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780715381977
A book for yachtsmen which demonstrates, stage by stage, the tying of 30 knots, 19 rope splices, seven decorative knots and five wire splices.
We are naturally gratified that the success of our two Shell Books of Knots and Ropework and Practical and Decorative Ropework has been such that this combined volume is called for. A few basic knots were necessarily duplicated in the separate books and these duplications have of course been removed.
Otherwise text and photographs are unchanged. Unlike boat design, there have been no sensational developments in ropework but presentation can be improved and our style. seems to be popular.
Part One comprises the basic knots and splices with a few of the decorative type thrown in for good measure. Part Two is devoted principally to the decorative work practised by the old sailing-ship seamen whose craftsmanship approached art. Certainly it is on the level of macrame. Much of it is indeed macrame. The difficulty of teaching knotting without the pupil viewing the work 'backwards' or the tutor becoming a contortionist is obvious and many books have been produced illustrating the art with sketches, diagrams and written instructions which can be equally confusing. This book invites the pupil to learn from that which he sees, regarding the hands as his, or her, own as the case may be. In fact there are very few true knots, only four according to some schools of thought, the great majority of so called knots being either bends or hitches. Nevertheless all are formed from a series of bights and tucks in association with the all-important twisting of the rope to maintain the lay and ensure no unwanted turns in unexpected places.
'To go against the grain ' is essentially a carpenters' expression, subsequently associated with human nature. So it is with rope. Although rope does not have a grain, it most certainly has its equivalent in its lay, which if mishandled will become more cantankerous than any grain - timber or human. Some understanding of this lay-this life which is born into every rope. during its manufacture in the rope-walk is necessary. With the exception of braided, or plaited rope, all ropes consist of fibres, yarns and strands. During manufacture, fibres are twisted to form yarns, yarns twisted to form strands; and strands twisted to form the finished rope, the whole operation being carried out simultaneously and progressively, under tension. It is therefore in the nature of the rope to permit itself to be further twisted in the direction in which it was made, but to rebel against being twisted in the opposite direction, ie against its lay, ...
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