The use of rope in the workplace was common practice until the midpoint of this century. At that time, modern materials handling techniques started to be used and the use of ropes declined. Along with this decline in the use of ropes in the work place there was also a decline in the knowledge of how to use rope safely.

The more common uses of rope by the average person is the securing of a load to a personal vehicle or for recreational purposes. Both of these uses require a knowledge of how to choose and tie safe, secure knots. If this knowledge is not available, the consequences can be devastating, resulting in personal injury or the loss of personal equipment.

For the last 35 years I have been learning and teaching about rope. My experience in teaching about rope has shown me that most people must be shown how to tie a knot in small, sequential steps, and they must be shown many times before they can tie a knot with confidence.

In preparing this book I have attempted to design a set of teaching aids that present each selected knot, splice, or lashing in small, sequential steps. These teaching aids enable the learner to study each step and to duplicate it with a length of practice rope.

The knots, splices and lashings presented in this book were selected because of their use by the Boy Scouts of America and others who are interested in outdoor recreation.

The following knots and hitches are covered in :


Whipping (3 methods)
Grapevine Service
Ringbolt Hitching
Sezing With Racking Turns
Figure Eight
Figure Eight On A Bight
Stevedore Knot
Stopper Knot
Square Knot
Water Knot
Sheet Bend
Double Sheet Bend
Sheet Bend (Short End)
Bowline On A Bight
French Bowline
Lineman's Loop
Trumpet Knot
Sheepshank (Quick)
Clove Hitch
Constrictor Knot
Monkey's Paw
Turk's Head
Two Half Hitches
Taut-line Hitch
Timber Hitch
Mooring Hitch
Marlin Spike Hitch
Marlin Spike Ladder
Anchor Bend
Belaying To A Cleat
Jug Knot