– Seng Ts’an
The famous “THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS” is now in the public domain, and has become available for >>download<< in a number of formats over at the Internet Archive.
As kids, being wharf rats on Martha’s Vineyard Island who were always around boats, my younger brother and I were huge fans, readers, and users of “The Ashley”. Clear, concise, and incredibly comprehensive, as well as entertaining, this is, simply put, THE book. We poured over it for hours, and I know that old copy still has a treasured place on my brother’s bookshelf.
While you can get it as a DL now, I would urge you to get the hardcopy as well. This is a book to pass down the generations to turn kids on to how cool knots and ropework can be.
First time they make their own Turks Head sailor’s bracelet on a rainy day they will be hooked.
Do not sweep the fallen leaves,
For they are pleasant to hear on clear nights
In the wind, they rustle, as if sighing;
In the moonlight, their shadows flutter.
They knock on the window to wake a traveler;
Covering stairs, they hide moss.
Sad, the sight of them getting wet in the rain;
Let them wither away deep in the mountains.
– Kim Shi Sup (1435-1493)
[I have no idea if this is a dupe post… it was lurking in my drafts folder, so, you get it for better or worse. Happy Fall!]