Knots (Chapman's Nautical Guides) by Brion Toss, illus. Gae Pilon.
Hearst Marine Books 2000 ISBN 9781588160188
Brion TOSS will be known to I.G.K.T. members for his brief yet } rather painful visit to London in June 1986 for the I.G.K.T. ~ Knotting Extravaganza - a sudden back injury turned his attention from international knotting to English ceilings. ' To others, especially in the United States, Brion is better known as an expert rigger and ropeworker; famous for his regular articles in 'Sail' and 'Woodenboat' Magazines, his earlier book 'The Rigger's Apprentice' - sold in the U.K. as 'The Complete Rigger Wire and Rope'. He has also broadcast as Mr Knot and hosted and written a knot tying video,' 'Sailors Knots and Splices'. In 192 pages we see Brion's enthusiasm for knotting - through chapters on binding knots, hit9hes, loop knots, bends, splices, belays, coil handling and whippings and seizings. There are also sections on tackles and a little fancywork. In all, over a hundred knots are explained and discussed - advantages, disadvantages with clear line drawings by full-time illustrator Gae Pilon. As with Brion's earlier writing this book leaves the reader itching to tie knots!