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Marlinspike Ropework.....Show Us Yours!

I don't know if this is the right place for this, but I thought this might be fun. Plenty of sailors enjoy decorative ropework (bet your king-spoke has a Turk's Head). Why not post some pics of your handiwork? I'll start it off, here are a couple of mine....my toolbox handle and a bell-rope I've been meaning to install on Cille.
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I really want to put a Turks Head on the center spoke and the wheel rim. It will cover a gap in the leather.But the spoke prevents actually centering it. Any ides? or can you point me to a reference. My knot book doesn't help.
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I think in that case I would cockscomb over the gap and secure each end with a Turk's Head...that way the gap is hidden and the whole thing is centered. See The Marlinspike Sailor by Hervey Garrett Smith (International Marine) for an explanation of cockscombing. It's pretty easy and looks "shippy".

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Nice work, Supergrade.

I'm a novice--did a Turk's Head for my king spoke, but that's it so far. I need one of those bell ringers! Where did you get the instructions for making it?

What kind of line do you use for your work?

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For the wheel where the spoke is dead center, use a 5 strand turk's head. You can find it in Ashley's book of Knots or Boatswain Mate 3&2.

For a lot of fancy work do check out the various knot books that are out there in the market place. Ashley's is the bible for about 99% of this kind of work.
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There is a website called animatedknots dot com that shows how to tie over 100 knots using step by step animation. It also has a plethora of information regarding holding power and other interesting stuff. It does show the turks head, which I had never heard of, but then again a year ago I couldn't have tied a bowline either.

Neat work Supergrade.
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hphoen: I just use plain old synthetic 1/8" braided line. I used to use cotton sash weight cord because it shrinks down tight but I can't find it anywhere.

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The only problem with cotton sash cord is that it also rots and mildews very quickly on a boat.

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The only problem with cotton sash cord is that it also rots and mildews very quickly on a boat.
Actually, no, if it's going to be outdoors you shellac it and paint it white. Lasts forever, looks nice.

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Nice work Supergrade ..
I can hardly tie my own shoes!
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