International Guild of Knot Tyers

The Guide Association Knot Book by Wendy Goodhind

The Guide Association Knot Book by Wendy Goodhind

The Guide Association 1999 ISBN 9780852601464

Within the soft covers of this attractive, one centimetre (0.4 inch) thick book are contained 144 pages, each 210 mm x 210 mm (8.3 inches x 8.3 inches) square, with sections headed: Introduction - Knots - Hitches - Bends - Decorative Knotting - Tricks - Splices - Whippings - Lashings - Camp Gadgets - Pioneering - Caring for Materials -Glossary - Further Reading. The comprehensive contents meet a Guide’s needs for all stages of her Knotter badge, some other awards, and allied activities such as first aid, craft, camping and outdoor pursuits; while the author’s simple explanations are aimed at this kind of young reader - although the absence of references to gender make it, I think, as suitable for boys as for girls - and the lucid text is enlivened by the superb step-by-step sketches of Wendy Hesse. [I have only one mild quibble. Buried deep in the preliminary small print is an acknowledgement to family members of the late Harry Asher IGKT for their kind permission to reproduce the Grandpa Knot and Pedigree Cow Hitch. A simple courtesy, no doubt, but the implication that access to these knots is somehow or other restricted is misleading, when in fact there is no copyright on ideas but only on the means of portrayal. Provided text and drawings were not slavishly copied from original work by Dr. Asher - and this book is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the genuine unaided work of author and illustrator - then surely no such permission was required. My caveat, however, should neither detract from the book’s appeal nor deter Guild members from buying it.] Containing more than 70 ties, tricks and techniques and well over 300 drawings, it is an excellent starter manual for any youngster.

Geoffrey Budworth