Ultimate Book of Decorative Knots Hardcover – Dec 9 2010
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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.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!....id be ashamed.
i dont respect any author that creates a book that is down right horrible. i could make a better book without experience!..lol.
PLEASE dont waste your time and money on this.....you 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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 (knottool.com), if I had to have only one knot book, I would pick this one due to the breadth of topics covered.
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
Pros: Plenty of content, at least for someone new to the subject. The instructions are clear and detailed with many more steps shown in photos than I have found in other books. So far I have not found any incorrect instructions. The book is well organized and it's easy to find chapters and pages (not always the case in this kind of book).
Cons: The photos, while clear enough are a bit amateurish. The focus is not always as crisp as one would like and close ups suffer from very short depth of field ( only the front or the middle of the knot is really sharp). This is a challenge for amateur photographers. However, the photos are still functional and usually pleasing to look at. But some cases, I did find his choice of color or yarn make the end result less appealing than it might have been. Also, the occaisonal use of fuzzy or coarse yarn does not help clarity. These are all minor complaints. All the pictures are perfectly adequate for tying the knot.
Comment: If you have no previous experience in knot tying or macrame, you might find these projects very challenging and frustrating. Rope work involves some rather complicated weaving and things like controlling tension and dressing the knot are skills that need to be learned. If this is your first step with ropework I suggest learning a few simple knots like the Figure Eight, the Carrick, the Lanyard and the Chinese button (both of which are based on the Carrick, and some simple braids and plaits. Get very familiar with these knots and pay special attention to dressing them nicely.
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.