- Greetings Fellow Knot Tyers, Recently, I saw a posting about The Turkshead Cook Book , and Turkshead Tool being offered by Don Burrhus atMessage 1 of 2 , Aug 5, 2006View SourceGreetings Fellow Knot Tyers,
Recently, I saw a posting about "The Turkshead Cook Book",
and "Turkshead Tool" being offered by Don Burrhus at
http://www.knottool.com . Being someone who likes gadgets, I
ordered one. To tell the truth, I wasn't really expecting much,
thinking that Ashley and others, had pretty much covered the subject.
I couldn't have been more wrong! He's come up with a
completely new way of designing TH's patterns, and most importantly,
a new way to tie them. I can say without hesitation, his method and
tool makes tying TH's idiot proof!! I gave it to my next door
neighbor who had never even heard of a TH before, and he tied one on
his first try. Now that's idiot proof!
The current cook book has over 250 patterns or recipes as he
calls them. Some of them could easily be tied in hand by an
experienced knotter, but most would cause even the most experienced
knotter to pull their hair out!
One word of caution. Tightening the TH's, especially the
narrow ones, can be a real pain. And the TH's should not be doubled
on the tool, but after the initial tightening has been accomplished.
I consider this a very small pain for such great gain.
I strongly suggest that anyone interested in tying intricate
TH's, or someone who's never tied them before and wants to learn how,
try this kit. It's well worth the price.
- I too recently received my kit from Don. When I opened the turks head tool ... It looked vaguely familiar. A search of my knot book library finally yieldedMessage 2 of 2 , Aug 7, 2006View SourceI too recently received my kit from Don.
When I opened the "turks head tool"... It looked vaguely familiar. A search
of my knot book library finally yielded the answer: in "Handbook of Knots &
Splices" by Charles E. Gibson, page 110, the construction of turks head
using a "former" is described and pictured on about 2 pages. Mr. Gibson
credits one John Alexander and further references "Knots, Splices, and Fancy
Work, by Charles L. Spencer. (I don't own the Spencer reference...)
Don appears to take this concept, devises a better "former", then produces a
recipe book for a multitude of turks heads based on use of his tool.
I concur with Skip Hipps -- this is an easy-to-understand alternate method
for creating turks heads.
I might add... Don also offers several needles useful for working with
braided cord. One is sized for para-cord, and works well.
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> Greetings Fellow Knot Tyers,
> Recently, I saw a posting about "The Turkshead Cook
> Book", and "Turkshead Tool" being offered by Don Burrhus at
> http://www.knottool.com . Being someone who likes gadgets, I
> ordered one. To tell the truth, I wasn't really expecting
> much, thinking that Ashley and others, had pretty much
> covered the subject.