The Dawn of Knot Typing
Tying knots likely began
long before the dawn of history when Neolithic man tied a stone onto a stick,
(creating perhaps humans first invention).
Rope and Knot Tying - Mans
Knots in history have
been associated with primitive religion, folklore, magic, superstitions, to cure
evil, even to wave off sickness. Yes, to cure illness or to cause it.
Tying knots has numerous
of uses. From construction of bridges and houses, to determine days, weeks and
year. Calculating business deals and to keep track or tally on items. A recent
study has found that man is not the only species to tie knots, that gorillas use
them to hold creepers and saplings down in their nests. In one nest two dozen
knots were counted, most were grannies but some were square knots. There is a
bird that ties knots to fasten their nest. There are still primitive races who
fasten their huts, traps and even clothing with knots.
Knotting is an important
addition to modern everyday life
The only actual knot
descriptions that could be found before the 18th century, was in a medical treatise.
Compiled in the 4th century a physician describing slings. What makes this
writing unique, is that the knots described were nine different knots used in
sixteen different slings. A square knot, overhand noose, larks head, clove
hitch, overhand knot, fisherman loop knot, Tom fool knot, jug sling and a cat
cradle. The year of this writing concluded was 386AD, but perhaps this
writing was based on even earlier writings.
The art of knot
tying is age old, but still new, fun and a very handy thing to know. One
of the earliest knots that is recorded in history is referred to as
the Hercules knot. If you visit Rome or a museum that has Roman
artifacts you'll notice that this Hercules knot is worked into many of
their potteries and statues. (Note sword handle)
The Hercules knot is now referred
to as a square knot or reef knot once called a medical knot as it was
use in tying bandages. It's a useful and easy to tie knot, often used to join two
lines together. Although you can find better knots for this purpose in fact a
reef knot could be a dangerous knot to tie.
Even today's world of knots, lines
are a part of every day living.
Knots have been
associated with the sea. Lives have depended upon the reliability of the ships
lines and the crews ability to fasten or to secure them. Aboard the average
recreational vessel you will find a series of knots and lines; the anchor rode,
boat line, the fenders and even on the boat's bell has a line attachment. If you look at a sailing vessel
closely knots are located at the boom, on sails, shrouds and even the tiller. If the crew is spending a considerable amount of time
aboard you will start to see some fancy work on prominent parts of the vessel.
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