May 18, 2012

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection

Collection Number: 2308

Post Type: Book

This item was entered by Matthew Sutton. They assume full responsibility for all content.

Artist or Author: George Russell Shaw

Creation Year: 1933

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Language: English Description: One of the first tools presaging the dawn of civilization was the intertwining of organic fibers to form what is known today as the knot. In the modern world however, scant credit is given to the little knot- though to the sailor, the cowboy, the gaucho, the mountaineer, and the outdoorsman the knowledge of the knot is essentially timeless and is an indispensable study. For all of man's advanced technology nothing yet has replaced the knot.

The value of the knot however, is not merely practical. The unique and gratifying attitude of this book is that George Russell Shaw has recognized the unlimited potentiality of the knot and has presented in 193 full pages of illustrations not only the knot's usefulness as a basic tool but its beauty as a craft, an ornament and a work of art.

Beginning with a definition of terms, concise step-by-step instructions show you how to make every type of knot from the simple "Clove Hitch" to the elegant and labyrinthian "Octagonal Knot." There are also full descriptions of how to make angular knots, braids, ladders, lassos and nets.

The book is full of surprises- there is everything from tying flies to making belts and buckles; from book covering to Celtic knots; from flower knots to temple ornaments; from macrame to ancient technique of knotting as developed in Japan.

This is a book for both the hobbiest and the professional- and for all those who are fascinated by the creative endeavor of making infinite variations on one theme.

194 pgs

Geographic: United States

Materials: Paper

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