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zigzagbraid.jpg
Zig Zag Braid55 viewsRATKINSON
zepplinbend.jpg
Zepplin Bend50 viewsRATKINSON
turksheadknot.jpg
Turks Head Knot116 viewsRATKINSON
timberhitch.jpg
Timber Hitch41 viewsUsed to attach a rope to a log for dragging.
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Tautline Hitch51 viewsUsed as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.
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tautlinehitch.jpg
Tautline Hitch47 viewsUsed as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.RATKINSON
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Tautline Hitch57 viewsUsed as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.
Since it will only slide one way, the Taut-line hitch is often used on tent ropes. The taut-line hitch will hold firmly on a smooth pole such as a scout stave. Place rope end around pole, make a turn below it, then bring rope up across the standing part around the pole and tuck through.

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tarbuckknot.jpg
Tarbuck Knot56 viewsRATKINSON
surgeonsknot.jpg
Surgeon's Knot50 viewsRATKINSON
squarereef.jpg
Square Reef Knot3512 viewsUsed to bind a package or bundle. RATKINSON
snugglehitch.jpg
Snuggle Hitch35 viewsRATKINSON
slippedsheetbend.jpg
Slipped Sheet Bend25 viewsRATKINSON
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Sheetbend30 viewsUsed to join two ropes together, which may be of unequal thickness. RATKINSON
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Sheepshank37 viewsUsed to temporarily shorten a rope, or isolate a weak portion of rope.RATKINSON
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Seizing Bend44 viewsRATKINSON
sailorswhipping.jpg
Sailor's Whipping56 viewsRATKINSON
sailorshitch.jpg
Sailor's Hitch33 viewsDraws up without working to form a strong, secure hitch that will not jam. It may be used as a way to tie a smaller rope to a very large rope. (The smaller rope should pull left when tied as shown here.) Push a bight through the final tuck to form a Slipped Sailor's Hitch.RATKINSON
rollinghitch.jpg
Rolling Hitch98 viewsRATKINSON
ringknot.jpg
Ring Knot45 viewsThis is one of the best bends a beginner could tie. It is very easy to remember, easy to tie and quite handsome. The ring knot is a bit hard to untie and is a bit bulky, but otherwise a very respectable knot. To tie: Follow the diagrams, which will create two overhand knots interlocked.RATKINSON
reefknot.jpg
Reef Knot44 viewsRATKINSON
prusikknot.jpg
Prusik Knot24 viewsRATKINSON
portuguesebowline.jpg
Portuguese Bowline121 viewsRATKINSON
monkeysfist.jpg
Monkey's Fist61 viewsRATKINSON
midshipmanshitch.jpg
Midshipman's Hitch488 viewsRATKINSON
manharnessknot.jpg
Man Harness Knot29 viewsRATKINSON
ladderlashing2.jpg
Ladderlashing Knot32 viewsSTART: The ladder lashing is started by using a clove hitch stopped with two half hitches to secure a rope to the top end of each rail.
STEP 1: Lay an overhand loop over each side rail so that the running end of each loop is to the outside.
STEP 2: Place a rung across the rails so that the standing part of each overhand loop is over the end of the rung and the running part of each overhand loop is under the rung.
STEP 3: Pull the running part side of each overhand loop behind and to the outside of each rail.
STEP 4: Then pull the loop over the end of the rung.
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Ladderlashing Knot35 viewsLadder lashing allows for a quick and secure method for constructing a ladder or for constructing a decking with evenly space decking pieces. This form of lashing has several advantages over the traditional floor lashing. Less material is required because unlike floor lashing a space can be left between each piece of the decking. Also, each rung is securely lashed in place by several loops of rope in much the same way as a square lashing; with the traditional floor lashing only a single loop of the rope holds each end of the decking in place, therefore if one piece loosens, the entire deck loosens. The ladder lashing has two forms; left and right, each is a mirror image of the other. RATKINSON
knifelanyardknot.jpg
Knife Lanyard Knot502 viewsRATKINSON
huntersbend.jpg
Hunter's Bend27 viewsRATKINSON
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Hangman's Knot31 viewsThis knot needs no definition. It is made with eight or nine turns and not thirteen as is often superstitiously suggested. Apart from its obvious function, it is a useful knot for the end of a lanyard.RATKINSON
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