International Guild of Knot Tyers

Des Pawson’s Knot Craft by Des Pawson

Des Pawson’s Knot Craft by Des Pawson, with illustrations by Ann Norman

Adlard Coles Nautical 2003, 2009 ISBN: 9780713654417, 9781408119495

Paradise City 2011 ISBN 9780939837960

Des Pawson needs no introduction to Guild members, being one of the cofounders of the IGKT. His lifetime of working with rope and his experience and passion for the subject comes over in this book. Ann Norman, another Guild member is perhaps a little less well 14 known. Ann is a professional rope maker, with her own ropewalk in the Oxfordshire village of Bampton, she is also an accomplished illustrator. Among the problems facing knot tyers when they want to create a knotted article, are how to go about it and how much material will they want? If you are looking at that beautifully crafted bell rope or fender at a Guild meeting, you may be able to ask the person who tied it. Here is a book that will answer that question for you, and many more. In this slim 96-page book, Des passes on a host of hints and tips gained from years of studying and making knotted articles. It starts off with an introduction to his idea of keeping a recipe book of materials, lengths, knots and other hints and tips he has used over the years. He goes on to talk about tools, cordage, a few useful knots and the part I really liked, mixtures of tar and tallow etc. The main part of the book covers some 28 projects, from a simple key ring, to chest beckets, wheel coverings and even tips on making knot boards. Each project contains information on the materials required and their lengths, and the knots used in the project. Each knot is beautifully illustrated, along with the finished article. Des continues to pass on tips of the trade in each chapter. The final pages of the book contain details of suppliers (UK and USA only), further reading and a section on the IGKT. This book fills a gap in the knotting library, not only for the newcomer to knot tying, but also for the more experienced. It may not fulfil all your needs, but is full of useful information that is difficult to find elsewhere.