The Ashley Book of Knots takes us back to a time when knots saved lives and put dinner on the table. Whether out at sea or in a pioneer cabin, knots were a part of daily life, one that is nearly lost today. But in this attractive, well-organized archive of more than 3,900 different knots--presented through 7,000 illustrations--the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handy knowledge.
Clifford Ashley was born in 1881 at the whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He sailed on many kinds of boats in many capacities, from ship's surgeon to interested observer. His ruling passions were marine painting and knot-tying, on which he was one of the world's leading authorities. His paintings are represented in the permanent collection of many American museums and libraries. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
I have wanted a copy of this book for as long as I've known it exists (many years now), and it is exactly what I hoped it would be. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ben Linley
Easy to read and understand. More information than I had expected. Would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about knot tying.Published 21 months ago by Andy Culbertson
I have wanted this book for years, so has my entire family. We are all sailors and have been our whole lives and have always thought of this book as the Holy Grail. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2011 by Nick Ta Mere
I gave this book a 4 for just one reason, a lack of detailed drawings. Although it is the most extensive book of knots known to man. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2002 by "bm_coastie"
Excellent from the beggining to the end. Suitable boath for kids and adults. It gives the reader how and why for every of 3854 knots listed. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2001 by "fewfish"
... This book is indeed the Bible of knots and ropework. It's entertaining and darn near comprehensive. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2001
This is THE authoritative work on knots. There is simply no better book available. Every kind of knot for every purpose is detailed along with every variation (good or bad) that... Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2001 by Harold McFarland