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Ashley Book of Knots [Hardcover]

Clifford Ashley
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June 21 1944
Describes every practical knot, what it looks like, where it comes from, and how to tie it. The book includes 4,000 knots, with all the varieties of shipboard knots as well as knots used by butchers, steeplejacks, electric linesmen, knitters, cobblers, surgeons, poachers and cowboys.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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of more than 3,900 different knots--presented through 7,000 illustrations--the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handy knowledge.

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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.

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The sailor, from the very nature of his craft, has a dependence upon rope and a consequent familiarity with knots that is demanded of no other workman. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Just look it up in Ashley's!" Oct. 10 2002
THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS (c.1944) by Clifford W. Ashley, is the definitive reference work on knots, splices, and ropework in general. Born in 1881 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Clifford W. Ashley was an antique dealer and artist, who spent eleven years writing his magnum opus, THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS, and died three years after its 1944 publication.
In his pursuit of ropework, Mr. Ashley spent six months at sea on the whaling bark SUNBEAM; and six weeks on a Delaware Bay oysterman called a 'bugeye'. He interviewed tradesmen, such as: steeplejacks, cobblers, truckdrivers, butchers, electric linesmen, and boyscouts as well as sailors and sea captains to document each nuance of knot unique to its trade. He was taught a few knots by Mr. Ringling himself of circus fame; and taught a knot to Mr. DuPont, a captain of industry.
The result of Mr. Ashley's research was a significant collection of 7,000 drawings of 3,900 knots and their application in a 620 page knot tyers tome which has become a veritable bible for rope workers the world over. In just about any capacity that a rope can be utilized has found its way into THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS. Mr. Ashley has covered: netting, lashings, block & tackle, splices, hitches, and bends. He went from purely decorative knots with no practical value to knots applied to industrial use. He included a whole chapter on rope tricks and puzzles. There is an amusing catalog of small figures the author drew to rate the quality of each knot described, such as a deuce of clubs to designate 'unimportance', or an kedge anchor to indicate 'reliability'.
Equally important as the knot's description was their utilization on incidental equipment. Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real informative. Nov. 22 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashley Book of Knots Feb. 12 2002
If I were to have to chose a book to be the Bible of knot tying this one is it. It covers many of the aspects of Marlinspike Seamanship and just about anything knot tying you might ever be interested in.
There may be books with easier to follow directions for different knots, but this one is relatively concise and once you puzzle out how his nomenclature works you are well on your way to tying just about any knot in the book.
This book is expensive but is well worth the price. It is a main stay of my personal reference library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Above all other knot books...in weight only. Jan. 30 2002
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. A must for any extreme mariner or avid boatswain mate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for knot enthusiasts Dec 29 2011
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. Now that I own it... It lives up to the expectations. With thousands of knots it is well written and well illustrated, it even has a large section on tricks and games. Makes a perfect gift for a knot lover (which is why I bought it for my Dads birthday).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashley's book of life Nov. 30 2001
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. Only the size of this book is umpractical, and knowing why it is so, just gives you more pleasure before every further reading.
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... This book is indeed the Bible of knots and ropework. It's entertaining and darn near comprehensive. It's an older book, so it doesn't have a couple of the more modern knots, such as the Zeppelin Bend, and the Gripping Sailor's Hitch. But that's ok! Just do an internet Google search for them, print them out and tape them in the extra pages of the book. If you do that, you'll never need to buy another knot book ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No better book on knots Sept. 11 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 you are likely to find. Includes a lot of details and stories about many of the knots and additional information on why tieing it one way might be preferrable to another. Decorative knots, occupational knots, it doesn't matter, it's here in this book. How to tie them, when to use them, when to use another knot. This book is from an expert for those who want to be an expert on the quickly disappearing art of knot tying.
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