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   Updated 02.10.2017

"A man who can make a Manrope knot, Star knot or Rose knot is an object of respect"     - A.Wetjen

Knotting and fancywork were a popular way to spend the little freetime sailors had onboard sailing ships.

However, the majority of sailors only knew a few knots just to fullfill their duties.

Anyone who could tie complex and decorative knots were well respected.

Most iconic of all knotwork were sailors chest beckets. To tie a pair of fancy beckets, a sailor used all his skills he had learned during his career. Beckets were studied by other crew members to determine if the owner was a true "marlinspike sailor"

The inspiration for my work comes from this traditional form of art from the time of tall ships.

The basics of knotting and splicing I have learned from my father who had learned the skills from his father and grandfather, captain Albert H. Snellman.


Besides knotwork I also make hard laid cords for fellow knot tyers, and tools like marlinspikes and fids.

I mainly use traditional materials like hemp, flax, cotton, tar and shellac.

All my work takes its form in my own workshop on Brändö, Åland.

Welcome to visit,

Mikko Snellman

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mikko.snellman@aland.net