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Tenderfoot and Second Class knots: 
always practice knot tying with rope (not string), 
main use of knots is working with ropes.
Knots are made: Practice makes perfect.

Whipping: Common or Simple

Ropes are made up of a number of strands twisted together.  If the cut end is left un-whipped, the rope will fray or untwist, and loose strength. Being thrifty, Scouts, 'Whip' or bind the ends of ropes, this prevents fraying and prolongs the life of the rope.

 

Lay whipping twine on rope to form a loop (Diagram A). Bind twine around to trap loop (Diagram B). Continue with neat, tight bindings until the length of whipping is equal (about) 3 times the diameter of the rope (Diagram C). Working end of twine should then pass through the end of loop (C). Pull hard on the other end of the twine so that the working end is drawn and trapped under the binding, (Diagram D). Cut off loose ends, roll whipping under foot.

You should have a tight, neat whipping that will stop the end of the rope fraying.

Nylon and other man-made fiber ropes are better sealed using flame to melt fibers together; can also be bound using Back-splice or Sail-makers' whipping.

Traditional Training Handbook
2003 Baden-Powell Scouts Association

 

 

   

 

 


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