Ashley Book of Knots

Ashley Book of Knots

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by Clifford Ashley
     
 
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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385040259
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1944
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
125,504
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.23(h) x 1.70(d)

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Ashley Book of Knots 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
knotman More than 1 year ago
My personal library of knot books contains over thirty books by various authors. I am also an author of a knot book. Nevertheless, 99% of the time the knot book I use as a reference is The Ashley Book of Knots. This is THE authoritative book on knots. There is nothing better available! Barnes & Noble asked me to write a review because of my recent purchase of The Ashley Book of Knots. This is my second personal copy of the book and replaces the copy that I purchased about twenty years ago. The binding on my first copy has come apart to the point of no longer being useful. This is not a reflection on the quality of the binding, but the continued use that I have subjected the book to over the years. This book is a great read! I love it. If you like to tie knots, this is THE book to add to your library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not just an encyclopedia of knots. The knots are good, but there's more here than knots. Mr. Ashley describes how to tie knots, the advantages and disadvantages of different knots used for the same purpose, which materials work or don't work for which knots. These aren't just knots for sailors. He tells why you can't use any old knot to tie up your camel, how to tie a mattress on your car, and how to improvise a bicycle tire with clothesline. He tells about the people who taught him knots and how they used them. He tells funny stories about knots used cleverly or foolishly. I love the history of a time when knots were a lot more important than they are now, a time before bungee cords and adhesive tape and store bought key chains and shrink-wrapped pork chops. It would be a poorer world if this technology and this history were lost. I've spent many happy hours browsing in this book, and it's one of the few i've read over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My grandmother gave this book to me for my 12th birthday, forty years ago. It is my most cherished possession, and a constant inspiration. Ashley is the J.S. Bach of knots.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you tie knots you must have a copy of this book. My copy is 25 years old and I still use it today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want a book that contains every immaginable knot, this is the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been many years since I held a copy of this book in my hands, and I remember it vividly. The book is much more than an encyclopedia of knots. It captures the imagination with artwork and background information that give meaning and history to each knot. A wonderful gift to outdoorsmen of many descriptions, including fishermen, sailors, campers, climbers, stockmen, boy scouts, and scout leaders, as well as for those who enjoy macrame' or other decorative knotwork.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's plenty of knot books out there, and then there's the Ashley book of knots! No other knot book compares to this one. It's the definitive book on knots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for those who love to tie knots. The narrative is very interesting and informative. Some of the diagrams are a little hard to follow, but the illustrations and descriptions still make the book a pleasure to own and use.
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