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Ultimate Book of Decorative Knots [Hardcover]

Lindsey Philpott
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Book Description

Dec 9 2010
All knots are useful, but many can also be very beautiful. Here, Lindsey Philpott sets out to provide the most comprehensive, useful, and attractive book of decorative knots from around the world. Readers will learn the materials, methods, measurements, and tools needed to tie dozens of beautiful knots. Flat knots, round knots, square knots, covering knots—you name it, and this book has it. From braids to plaits to sinnets, here are step-by-step instructions accompanied by full-color photographs for the knot tyer’s reference. A handy reference book or a beautiful gift, this is an essential addition to every knot enthusiast’s library.

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...a comprehensive and beautifully presented book, which is really a work of art in itself... Towpath Talk If you like knots, I'm sure you'll absolutely love it. Sailing Today Excellent guide shows how to master the art of knot-tying Nautilus Telegraph A valuable reference book Waterways World --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Lindsey Philpott is the president of the Pacific Americas Branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. He has provided forensic knot analyses in criminal cases and teaches rigging and rope work. 

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By daniel.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i flipped through the book PAGE......BY PAGE....and you literally CANT make out 80% of the pictures!!!...they are the WORST pictures ive ever seen in a book in my entire life!,,,,,its allmost a complete joke. i couldnt believe it, i was so angry. i had to laugh out loud a few times !!! because the pictures were so dark and blurry, you couldnt tell which rope was which!... and the instructions are plain confusing.
i literally closed the book after i flipped through it page by page.....and requested a return immidiately.

did the author lindsey philpott even look at the book once before he published it????......obviously not!
i cant believe someone would be proud of a book like that! be ashamed.

i dont respect any author that creates a book that is down right horrible. i could make a better book without experience!

PLEASE dont waste your time and money on will end up like me.....very angry.

go buy something from geoffrey budworth!....i have one of his books. its amazing!,,,,,the instructions and pictures are beautiful !
youd wana kiss this guy after looking at lindsey philpott' so called " ultimate book" lol.

hope the truth has made you decide on this book!......DONT BUY IT.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Book of Decorative Knots Dec 3 2010
By Timothy McCurry - Published on
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I have been waiting for this book for over a year. This was not a disappointment! This has very good illustrations and pictures. The book itself is is beautiful and can be a coffee table peice. As with any book about a skill, I'm sure it will be below some experts, but you will get results. The best part, is for projects for wrapping objects, there are real pictures of the project being made. For some this might not be necessary, but for visual learners, this is great. Happy knotting.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Knotter's delight May 3 2011
By patriks - Published on
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First, I am relatively new to the decorative knotting world. That being said, I have accumulated a good sized collection of books already, probably 12-15 in number. So far, I would consider this book a must-have for the decorative knotter.

The author covers a remarkable spectrum of knots with excellent pictures and pretty good directions. The book is over 500 pages, so you definitely get your money's worth. There are sections on braids, plaits and sennits, turk's heads, oriental knots, flat decorative knots, combinations of wall and crown knots and more. There are pictures of various projects by expert knotters--some of them amazing--which may inspire you to start on your next project.

Although it would be hard for me to get by without Tom Hall's book and the books from Don Burrhus (, if I had to have only one knot book, I would pick this one due to the breadth of topics covered.

Great price
Great pictures, full color
Broad spectrum of knots covered, well organized
Knot directions pretty clear

Some pictures could have more contrast in the cord colors to make for easier viewing
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money Aug. 6 2011
By Old Salt - Published on
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A majority of the photos in this book are terrible. Most use dark colored line and many are knots made with dark colored line on dark colored objects and it is apparent that little or no thought of contrast was considered. If you are one who best learns by visual example stay away from this book because you will be frustrated before you get through the first knotting examples.

A book with far better illustrations and directions is: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots and Ropework: Over 200 Tying Techniques with Step-by-Step Photographs by Geoffrey Budworth, also available from Amazon. And then there is the grand-daddy of them all "Ashley's Book Of Knots" (ABOK) which is well worth the $60 price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Book of Decorative Knots Oct. 3 2011
By Seasoned Citizen - Published on
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Exactly as the title say The Ultimate book of Knots. I have been a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers ten years and I'm still learning to tie knots. Excellent How-to photos of intricate knots.
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, easy to follow June 20 2013
By KnotNutz - Published on
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Exactly what it claims to be - a comprehensive book of decorative knots. Easy to read, easy to follow. I actually own a hard copy of this book, and bought the kindle version in order to leave the hard copy at home, yet have something to travel with. If one is interested in tying knots, this is an invaluable purchase.
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