“A man who can make a Manrope knot, Star knot or Rose knot is an object of respect”
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 fulfill 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 (below).
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 in Halikko, Finland. Welcome to visit, Mikko Snellman
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(for 10 m (33ft) hanks)