Cowboy Roping and Rope Tricks by Chester Byers
Applewood Books, 1986 (orig. 1928) ISBN 9780918222954
This is another of those excellent modern re-prints of a fascinating old book long out of print. Worth the price just for the photographs of the author, Will Rogers, Fred Stone and Elsie Janis with ropes in their hands, it show you how to spin a lariat and then progress to stunts like the Crinoline, Butterfly and Ocean Wave. Rope spinning was once a part of circus, vaudeville and Scout camp fire. I haven’t seen it done for years. Is there anyone who can still show us?