The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing and Ropework
Courier Corporation, 1953 - 233 pages
Perfect shipboard reference, packed with useful "hands-on" information, covers sailor's tools, basic knots and useful hitches, handsewing and canvas work and dozens of other topics important to safe, economic and efficient boat maintenance. Over 100 illustrations enhance delightful narrative.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Whiskey3pa - LibraryThing
Heavily overlaps "The Marlinspike Sailor". Most readers could probably do with either book. The writing is good and the content useful. It is a trove of nautical knowledge and skills. Read full review
The closest I've been to a sailing vessel is reading the adventures of Horatio Hornblower but I enjoyed every page of this book. Great pearls of wisdom, down to earth know-how and it just harkens back to a time when you made stuff with your brain and hands.
I found the illustrations easy to follow even though the knots are complex and the results can be beautiful. I've used the short splice more times than I can count and wish I had the patience for the long splice.
You will learn why rope works, why knots fail and how to make a ditty bag and the knife that will save your lift. Just fantastic stuff all around and a pure pleasure to read. It is so much more than a book about how to make knots. If you so much as recognize talk like a pirate day, get this book and add some read "sea-cred" for that pirate swagger.