One day my life came to a point where I had to stop and look in which direction I should continue. I have always found it easier to think while my fingers are busy so to help me I took my trusted ball of hard laid cotton cord that I had inherited from my father and started knotting. Some time earlier my father had passed away and all the material that he had collected about his grandfather’s life on board sailing ships in the late 1800’s came into my possession. Reading the book, based on this material, that my father had written about my great grandfather Albert Herman Snellman made me feel like I was sailing under his command on the seas.


Mikko Snellman

Learning about the life of seafarers during that time made a huge impact on me

Learning about the life of seafarers during that time made a huge impact on me. With Captain A.H.Snellman’s life as my inspiration I soon turned into a professional knot tyer. I closely studied my Ashley Book of Knots and took the decorative knots out of their original context and turned them into objects that are not just beautiful but are also practical. Tools that I needed I of course made myself – a habit I had learned from the old time cabinet makers during my woodworking career. Key fobs, candle holders and door knockers filled my days and soon I ran out of my inherited cords. I started looking for more cord only to find out that it was nowhere near the same quality. Stubborn as I am, I didn’t accept any poor replacement and decided to make my cords myself. Rope-making machines I naturally built myself and after long days of trial and error I managed to develop a process for making very hard laid cord on my ropewalk and to repeat the process with the same precision every time. I would never have to run out of material again!

Old picture frame with two men in bowler hats
Oil painting in gold frame of a sailing vessel on a stormy sea
Ropemaking tool
Photo of friends around a table with ropework

Currently, I make cords and tools not just for my own needs but for anyone who is interested in the noble art of knot tying. I try to balance between ropewalk and knotting since my mind and fingers need to be occupied from time to time with tying beautiful works of art. As collecting all the knowledge I needed for decorative knotting required me to do a lot of work, I try to smooth the way for upcoming knot artists by holding courses in ropework and knotting, as well as making tutorial videos for easier learning.

“Welcome to the incredible world of knot tying”

– Mikko Snellman


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Prices

(for 10 m (33ft) hanks)

Nr
mm
Plain Cotton
Colored Cotton
Linen (flax)

#2

1,5

3,60€

3,80€

3,90€

#3

2,0

3,90€

4,10€

4,20€

#4

2,5

4,20€

4,50€

4,70€

#6

3,0

4,60€

5,00€

5,30€

#8

3,5

5,20€

5,80€

6,10€

#10

4,0

5,80€

6,40€

6,90€

#12

4,5

6,10€

6,90€

7,20€