International Guild of Knot Tyers

The Harrison Book of Knots by P.P.O. Harrison, Master Mariner

The Harrison Book of Knots by P.P.O. Harrison, Master Mariner

Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd.1987 (originally 1964) ISBN 9780851743462

This book is mostly about tying complicated bellropes, and a few other bits and pieces, for which Capt. Paul Harrison had won a prize or two in the Annual Seafarers' Education Service Handicraft Competitions. It is an idiosyncratic work - a good thing in this case - featuring his original interlaced (almost embroidery) threads of turkshead variants, and the excellent single-cord Star Knot turkshead which he invented. I visited him 25 years ago and handled the various items so clearly drawn by him in his book. They were as good as they appear. (He even had one of his bellropes stolen from Rochester Cathedral.) In hard cover, 102 pages, with over 150 line drawings, it is aimed at the creative knot tyer. Although my signed first edition from the author's hands cost me just 25/- (£1.25!), it is still value for money at five pence under five pounds.

G.B.