THE BELLYHOOK:
What it is, What it does and
What to do when it bites yer butt!
It's called a bellyhook because when you're working in a standing position it's line goes around your waist and it sits in
front of your belly.

The belly hook can be any number of differing shapes, sizes and made of almost any stiff material.

It's purpose is to hold the standing or filler lines in tension when squareknotting so as to give you a firm base to make
the squareknot and keep them all the same size.  You could do the same thing with your toes (New Guinea natives
making sennit routinely sit crosslegged and use the big toe for the same purpose) or by sitting on the line,  or wrapping it
around your beltbuckle,  or....  (imagination!)

One of the main components of a neat job is the tension applied to the filler lines as this controls the neatness of the
knot.  To hold the filler lines you'd need a third hand and that is really all the hook is... a third hand.
This pic is full size, the others are clickable!
The simplest (Pic. #M-01) of all is formed by cutting the head
off an old standard toothbrush,  putting a notch in the shaft
(at the end where you cut off the head) which is large enough
to accept three or four lines but which narrows down to a
point. Then just take the line into the notch and make a turn
to hold it.  The disadvantage is that this hook will handle at
most two set of fillers.


More elaborate (but only marginally so) is my hook setup
(Pic. #M-02)  which is made of a 3/4" wide piece of bamboo
(actually one leg of a toast puller!) with a four or five inch
piece of a round chopstick lashed and "super-glued to it
about 1" from the end,  forming a "cross" shape.  You can
varnish the whole thing but I consider these disposable.
M-01
M-02
The best way to put line(s) onto this hook  is just like making up to a cleat, without the locking turn(s):  (Pic. #M-03) lead
the line from the gripe,  under the right arm, around the front of the upright, over and behind the left arm,  (Pic. #M-04)
around the front again and over  and under the right arm,  and back around the left, with the second time going behind
the upright (Pic. #M-05) as shown. Holding your lines flat on the first pass will give you an easier working surface and the
lines will "lock" themselves in quite securely.
M-03
M-05
M-04
And that's the name of that tune.
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(Oh, yeah.... if it bites your butt,  get up and stop sitting on it.  It's doing no good a't'all underneath of you then!)
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