The Rope Menagerie - by Frank Brown, with Sam Lanham III
This is a how-to manual and the result of collaboration - via the ether and internet - between two IGKT members who live half the planet apart and are separated by the Pacific Ocean. Unlikely even a decade ago, their initiative is a further indicator of Guild evolution. The booklet consists of 52 x A4 pages, between stiff card covers. containing over 60 black-&-white illustrations and a lucid text, with a spring binder so that it lies flat when open (freeing both hands for actual knotting). It is a home-made job - the author stresses - and so buyers must not expect a professional product, but those who have seen it agree that the contents are value for money. Materials, tools, techniques and tips enable the most uncertain beginner to tie the dozen knotted animal projects, from camel and crocodile to sea horse or teddy bear. Indeed, many will then be equipped to go on and create their own zoomorphic imaginings. Highly recommended.