Knots: Rope Work

 

 

 

Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

Activities
Archery
Axe, Boy Scout
Axe, Saw, Forestry
Axe, Saw,  Knife
Axe Use: Beard
Axe Use: Seton
Axe Use: Traditional
Axe Throwing
Beds, Woodcraft
Bedding Materials
Bicycle Maintenance
Birch-Bark Torch
Birds
Bird Houses
Blocks Tackles Purchase
Blood Red Cross
Broom: Camp or Witch's
Buttons
Campcraft
Camp Hygiene
Camp Planning
Campfire Programs
Catapult
Chainsaws
Checklists
Chuck Box Riddance!
City-Craft
Compass Bear Song
Compass, Home-Made
Cooking
Cotton Kills Bear Song
Deduction in Tracking
Deduction & Detective
Drum
Dyes
Edible Plants
Equipment, Leader
Equipment, Personal
Equipment Maintenance
Equipment, Lightweight
Equip, Pickle Bucket Camp
Estimation
Field Signals
Fire-Building
Fire Building
Fire Laying
Fire Lighting
Fire Starters
Fire: Rubbing-Stick
Fire Types, Wood Types
Fire Council Ring
Fires: Woodcraft
First Aid
First Class Journey
Flint & Steel
Flowers
Forest
Gesture Signals
Ground to Air Signals
Handicraft Stunts
High Adventure
Hiking
Hike Planning
Indian Sundial Clock
Insect Collecting
Insect Preserve
Indian Well
Knife & Hatchet
Knots, Bends, Hitches
Knots: Diamond Hitch
Knots: Lashings
Knots: Rope Work
Knots: Seton
Knots: Traditional
Knots & Whipping
Lashings
Lashing Practice Box
Lace or Thong
Learn by Doing
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace
Lights
Local Knowledge
Log Ladders, Notched
Log-Rolling
Logs: Cut Notch
Logs Split with Axe
Loom and Grass Mats
Lost in the Woods
Manners
Maps
Map & Compass
Maps: Without Compass
Measurement
Measurement Estimation
Menu Worksheet
Menu (Adult IOLS)
Mosquitoes
Mushrooms
Night Tracking
Observation
Old Trails
Paints
Pioneering, Basic
Pioneering Models
Plaster Casts
Preparations
Proverbs
Rake
Rope Care
Rope Making
Rope Spinning
Scout Reports
Signal & Sign
Sign Language
Silent Scout Signals
Smoke Prints
Snakes
Spanish Windlass
Spoons
Staff/Stave Making
Stalking Skills
Stalking & Observation
Stars
Stools
Story Telling
Stoves & Lanterns
Summoning Help
Sun Dial: Scientific
Survival Kit
Tarp Poles
Teepee (4 Pole)
Tent Care
Tent Pitching
Tom-Tom
Tomahawk Throwing
Tomahawk Targets
Totem Making
Totem Animals
Totem Poles
Training in Tracking
Tracks, Ground, Weather
Tracking & Trailing
Trail Following
Trail Signs & Blazes
Trail Signs of Direction
Trail Signs: Traditional
Trail Signs for Help
Trees of the NE
Wall Hangings
Watch Compass
Weather Wisdom
Wild Things

Scout Books

Site Contents


Highwayman's Hitch
 

Tarbuck Knot
Convenient tree, lamppost, telephone pole, etc.
Devised by mountaineer Kenneth Tarbuck
 for nylon rope. The knot grips adequately,
but under sudden stress will slide to a 
limited extent thus reducing shock.
 
 
Harvester's Hitch
 

Middleman's Knot
 

Scaffold Hitch and Spanish Windlass 
(a device for applying multiple pulling power).
 
 
Alpine Butterfly (?)
 
rope05.gif (3780 bytes)
Cat's Paw
 

Barrel Sling, Midshipman's Hitch,
 and Guy Line Hitch.  A Midshipman's 
Hitch is used to replace a lost or
broken slider.
 

Man Harness Knot

 

Rope Work

Knots are made, not tied.

A Hitch is a method of making a rope fast to another rope or object, and is incomplete in itself. A Bend is a method of joining ropes together.

 Knots, bends and hitches can be used:

  1. to join (reef sheetbend, fisherman's etc..).
  2. to make fast (clove-hitch, round tam and two half hitches, rolling hitch, fisherman's bend).
  3. to make fast for quick release (highwayman s and other draw hitches).
  4. to strengthen (sheepshank). 
  5. to shorten (sheepshank).
  6. to attach (cats paw, larks-head). 
  7. to slip (running bowline).
  8. to slip and grip (figure-of-eight, guy line hitch). 
  9. to make non-slip loops (bowline in end of rope, man-harness, middleman's, alpine butterfly).
  10. to act as sheave (harvester's hitch).
  11.  to act as temporary stopper to prevent rope un-laying or prevent free end from naming through block (figure-of-eight).
  12. to act as brake (tarbuck- a climber's knot generally used in nylon rope).

Most knots can be made "slippery" (e.g.. slip-reef) by finishing with the bight.

When teaching knots, immobilize the standing part so than it cannot be used.

Measurement of Rope

Length is measured in feet or fathoms.

The Size of a rope is the circumference in inches. Cordage under 1 inch is known as line or cord.

Lashings

To calculate the length of lashing required, take diameter of larger spar in inches and call it fathoms; thus, 6 inches diameter would require 6 fathoms of lashing, Allow more for figure-of-eight lashing.

To determine size of lashings, diameter of larger spar in feet gives diameter of lashing in inches; thus 6 inch diameter spar would require 1/2-inch diameter lashing (roughly 1 1/2 inches circumference).

"Wrap thrice, Frap twice"

 Safe Working Load

Double the square of the circumference and call it cwts., viz.: a 3 inch rope would give a S.W.L. of 2 x 32 = 18 owls.

Care of Rope

Ends of all cordage should be stopped with a whipping, splice, or knot, in order of preference. Knots used only as temporary expedient. Splices limit the use of ropes as in most cases they would prevent reeving through a block. When not in use ropes are kept in a coil or hank. Always coil with the lay, i.e. a hawserlaid (right-hand laid) rope should be coiled clockwise.

Store in an even temperature. Never store a wet rope; lay it out in open coil to dry - never in hot sun.

Heavy ropes should be stored flat on a shelf; or suspended from wall hooks, Lighter cordage can be banked and stored in a sack suspended from a hook. (Beware of mildew.)

Simple Training Activities with Ropes

  1. Rope ladder making with marlin-spike and hitches or clove hitches.
  2. Rope ladder making, using tightly coiled rope for rungs.
  3. Putting highwayman's hitches on overhead beam from ground level.
  4. Setting up rope tackle (harvester's bitch) to increase pulling power, parbuckle, for rolling and raising heavy timber, Spanish windlass.
  5. Making tripods with Scout staffs and bowline. (see Scouting for Boys.) 
  6. Practice catspaw, barrel hitch, scaffold hitch (to make bosun's chair etc.). 
  7. Practice docker's splice, use for joining ropes together.
  8. Make toggle ropes (toggle spliced in one end, eye splice in other) and use for Patrol stunts. 
  9. Practice line throwing, including use of lobstick

See Also:

Knots

Lashings

Spanish Windlass

Blocks, Tackles, Purchases

Dan Beard's "Knots, Bends, & Hitches"

 Traditional Training Handbook
2003 Baden-Powell Scouts Association

 

 

   

 

 


Additional Information:

Peer- Level Topic Links:
Activities ] Archery ] Axe, Boy Scout ] Axe, Saw, Forestry ] Axe, Saw,  Knife ] Axe Use: Beard ] Axe Use: Seton ] Axe Use: Traditional ] Axe Throwing ] Beds, Woodcraft ] Bedding Materials ] Bicycle Maintenance ] Birch-Bark Torch ] Birds ] Bird Houses ] Blocks Tackles Purchase ] Blood Red Cross ] Broom: Camp or Witch's ] Buttons ] Campcraft ] Camp Hygiene ] Camp Planning ] Campfire Programs ] Catapult ] Chainsaws ] Checklists ] Chuck Box Riddance! ] City-Craft ] Compass Bear Song ] Compass, Home-Made ] Cooking ] Cotton Kills Bear Song ] Deduction in Tracking ] Deduction & Detective ] Drum ] Dyes ] Edible Plants ] Equipment, Leader ] Equipment, Personal ] Equipment Maintenance ] Equipment, Lightweight ] Equip, Pickle Bucket Camp ] Estimation ] Field Signals ] Fire-Building ] Fire Building ] Fire Laying ] Fire Lighting ] Fire Starters ] Fire: Rubbing-Stick ] Fire Types, Wood Types ] Fire Council Ring ] Fires: Woodcraft ] First Aid ] First Class Journey ] Flint & Steel ] Flowers ] Forest ] Gesture Signals ] Ground to Air Signals ] Handicraft Stunts ] High Adventure ] Hiking ] Hike Planning ] Indian Sundial Clock ] Insect Collecting ] Insect Preserve ] Indian Well ] Knife & Hatchet ] Knots, Bends, Hitches ] Knots: Diamond Hitch ] Knots: Lashings ] [ Knots: Rope Work ] Knots: Seton ] Knots: Traditional ] Knots & Whipping ] Lashings ] Lashing Practice Box ] Lace or Thong ] Learn by Doing ] Leave No Trace ] Leave No Trace ] Lights ] Local Knowledge ] Log Ladders, Notched ] Log-Rolling ] Logs: Cut Notch ] Logs Split with Axe ] Loom and Grass Mats ] Lost in the Woods ] Manners ] Maps ] Map & Compass ] Maps: Without Compass ] Measurement ] Measurement Estimation ] Menu Worksheet ] Menu (Adult IOLS) ] Mosquitoes ] Mushrooms ] Night Tracking ] Observation ] Old Trails ] Paints ] Pioneering, Basic ] Pioneering Models ] Plaster Casts ] Preparations ] Proverbs ] Rake ] Rope Care ] Rope Making ] Rope Spinning ] Scout Reports ] Signal & Sign ] Sign Language ] Silent Scout Signals ] Smoke Prints ] Snakes ] Spanish Windlass ] Spoons ] Staff/Stave Making ] Stalking Skills ] Stalking & Observation ] Stars ] Stools ] Story Telling ] Stoves & Lanterns ] Summoning Help ] Sun Dial: Scientific ] Survival Kit ] Tarp Poles ] Teepee (4 Pole) ] Tent Care ] Tent Pitching ] Tom-Tom ] Tomahawk Throwing ] Tomahawk Targets ] Totem Making ] Totem Animals ] Totem Poles ] Training in Tracking ] Tracks, Ground, Weather ] Tracking & Trailing ] Trail Following ] Trail Signs & Blazes ] Trail Signs of Direction ] Trail Signs: Traditional ] Trail Signs for Help ] Trees of the NE ] Wall Hangings ] Watch Compass ] Weather Wisdom ] Wild Things ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
Scuba ] Skills ] Games ] Shelter ] Fire ] Night ] B-P's Camping ] Hikes ] Indian ] Spring ] Summer ] Autumn ] Winter ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!

Search:

Keywords:

Amazon Logo

 

 

Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"
Rick(at)Kudu.Net

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net, http://inquiry.net  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  

 

Last modified: July 03, 2013.