Authors' Biographies

International Guild of Knot Tyers

Geoffrey Budworth


IGKT co-founder, and founding Editor of Knotting Matters.

Sea scout and sea cadet, turned on to knotting when he saw his first ornamental bell-rope. Used ropework during a decade afloat on the Thames tideway, policing the Pool of London (and beneath it as an operational frogman). Fancy knotting mentor: ex- Shanghai detective and Thames river cop Jim Nicoll. 60 years tying macramé. He has written numerous knot books and articles under his own name and half-a-dozen pen names. He also pioneered the forensic investigation of knots and ligatures in the UK.

The final year of his BSc (Hons) in 2011, at the age of 74, was a review of the impact of Ghost Nets & Ghost Fishing – the non-biodegradable cordage drifting in oceanic gyres or deposited on shorelines which catch and kill wildlife.