The Ashley Book of Knots Hardcover – 5 Apr 1993
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The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford W. Ashley is the definitive and magnificent work on knots and knot-tying. Featuring every practical knot, what it looks like, who uses it, where it comes from and how to tie it; with 7000 drawings representing over 3800 knots.
About the Author
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.
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One thing to mention: the book is not suited to a novice, but more to a knot proffessional, I find it advanced and complex. Many of the drawings were hand drawn and difficult to understand. Some knots had few instructions. If you don't know what it is about, sometimes you may find difficult to tie the knot. So, if you are looking for a book to learn knots, this is not the one to start with.
But, if you are a passionate collector, then this definitely should be in your library because it is the most comprehensive collection of knots and an amazing piece of art. One who is willing to study and to improve his knowledge should have this book because he/she will find it entertaining. And I recommend it because I am one of the "collector" type. The work of the author is huge, and all the drawings are hand made, thousands of them, and I really appreciate the work of the author.
It covers knots, bends, hitches, splices, whippings, decorative knots, sinnets, tackle and more. Background information and many usage hints are given throughout. Ashley's knowledge of his subject and obvious enthusiasm for all things connected with knots and their usage is clear from the detail incorporated in this book.
It is an expert's reference guide, not a 'how to' manual for novices. The small, hand drawn sketchs and sometimes scant instructions are not suitable for the beginner, but the shear quantity of information (in words and pictures) make this the definitive reference guide even though more than 50 years have passed since its inital publication.
Having been published in 1944 it does not cover knots suitable for synthetic ropes such as used by the moderen rock climber.
You can not claim to have a serious interest in knots and ropework if you do not have a copy of 'Ashley' on your book shelf.
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