The Marlinspike Sailor
by Smith, Hervey Garrett
Originally published in 1956, this reprint retains the wonderful drawings of traditional ropework. Updated to include a section on modern synthetic rope, the book covers a few basic knots and splices in three-strand and braided rope. But Smith’s real business is decorative rope- and canvaswork–the traditional arts of the sailor. Includes directions for rope mats, ladders, a sea chest, fenders, and more.