CUSTOM WORK
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Last updated  2009-03-25
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Custom ordered knotwork is the life's blood of any professional knottyer.   I've just begun to put
pictures of the individually ordered items I've made on here to give you an overview of what's
available and perhaps spike your imagination.   If you have a project or item you'd like made and
don't see it here or on the other pages, please don't hesitate to
CONTACT me!
A pair of stoppers for a seachest's lid.

Aboard a sailing vessel, the seachests either rested against a bulwark or
the ship's inner sides and so the lid was restricted in just how far it could
open, usually at a 90 degree angle or just a little more, but it couldn't "fall
off" to the rear as it can when sitting in an attic or when used as a
coffee-table.

These strops are attached to the lid and the sides, allowing the lid to open
so far and then be stopped by the lines, thus preventing the "tear-out" of
the hinges so often seen in antique chests.   Most antique chests have long
since had their iron "spear" hinges broken and lost due to just such an
accident.    Click on picture for a larger view.
Custom made for Mr. J. Parker of NYC:  16" overall (+/- 1/4 inch) of #15 white cotton line with brass thimbles,  all knots and braids
mirrored for effect, mirrored starknots at the centre of the strop.   Strops composed of an 8-strand square "steam gasket" braid with
integral fender-hitched eyes.         (custom order - 1 week lead)              
$180.00/ pair as shown:  longer, add $10 per inch.
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including turksheads, six inches from end of tiller to wrap start per specifications.  My customer is a rather tall man with longer
arms than most.  Wrap is a three-strand "Spanish" or "Ringbolt" hitching which provides a nice grip with a distinct "ridge" where
the "cockscomb" is formed by the braiding of the three lines.   Turksheads to close off the ends of the hitching.  (These are from
the demo pictures I sent him... he chose the "5 x 4 square" turkshead to the right.  Turksheads available from "3 x 5 (the boy
scout turkshead) up to "7 x 6 square" or larger as desired.  Line used was 1/16" cotton codline and is a bit "thin" for my taste,
but the customer is always right, innit?  He's happy with it so I'm happy with it.

Tiller would needs be shipped to me for work and will be shipped back as soon as done and photos are approved.

Approximately two weeks working lead plus shipping time.    $350 plus freight back to your location.   Standard is 10" overall and
includes any wrap seen on
THESE WHEELS  and two turksheads.   (I prefer 3/16" [#30] cotton line for a better grip.)  If you'd rather
a wrap NOT shown, please contact me to discuss the work.  I'm eminently flexible.
Custom knife-pouch for a Myerchin A-300
"offshore" folding knife with marlinspike
back for Mark Williams, shipwright.

Of 1/16" white codline in macrame pattern
with a star-knot button and monkey's fist
ended tie line   

The pouch is about 15" of knotting in one
piece which is folded to create the flap and
the front (
note the difference in the knotting
in the flap's "hinge" area?  This allows it to
fold over easily
) of the pouch, with a
"wrought" gripe-ring at the bottom in an
integral loop of casing for attaching a
snap-shackle or a seeing-eye clip lanyard
and securing the knife.

Beltloops applied to back for 2-1/4" wide
belt.

Half-hitching on the lip is varnished and
bellied to allow easy insertion of knife...
surface tension of the knife in the case
holds the knife in place,
"belly detail"  pattern with closure, belt loops  and gripe ring:    
$190.00  two week lead

For other sizes or styles of knife, please contact me to discuss.
Another tiller arm, this one for a catboat in NYC, using the "Half-Moku" coxcomb.

#30 line (cotton) used to suit the diameter of the tiller arm.




Starting the wrap
(blue tape to remind me
"which end is up"...)








Wrapping finished
and ready for
turkshead ends





Final wrap with turksheads (top and side views), ready for customer to varnish or
urethane for preservation.  (He's a painting contractor in NYC and is far more
experienced than I at these things... you'd not believe the wonderful finish on the
tiller!)  Above right is the brand he favours.
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