PERSONAL
FANCYWORK
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"Silly Human!  
Got it wrong
again, 'e did!
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Eddie Climo from Plymouth in the UK is an expert at turksheads and other fancy work - in fact, he's working right now on a
comprehensive book about turkshead and pineapple knots.  If you're interested,
email me and I'll send him your email/name
for contact when the book is (hopefully soon) published!   Aside from knottying, he is also a musician and has turked-out
several of his flutes and tin whistles (1).  He also plays Uilleann Pipes, but has wisely elected NOT to muck about with them as
they're already sufficiently tempermental without subjecting them to bondage!    (2) Some fids he made expressly for working
on turksheads.  (3) Shews his more common tools, (4) shews the fid in action and  (5) shews the true secret to his success....
expert supervision and advice!
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George Haycraft owns and sails a ComPac16 sailboat and is quite adept at one of the more difficult forms of knotwork: The
Nantucket Sailor's Bracelet.  He creates his from coloured nylon,  good codline and/or tarred hemp marline. (SWMBO asked if
I'd been burning something when I first unpacked one he sent me....Ahhh, good Stockholm tar... no smell quite like it!)   Anyway,  
here's some of HIS work.
(1)  A partial (and I DO mean partial!) assemblage of George's 6x14 nantucket brace;ets in coloured nylon line and tarred
marline.  
(2) George's hatband, a 6 x (some bloody improbably number of bights!) (something like 53 or so)
(3) A rather nice bracelet done in white nylon paracord, with a "top-braid" embellishment and three turks-heads.  The core is a
reversing fender-hitch and the instructions for the top-braiding can be found on the
tutorials pages. Also look for more of
George's work on the "Fancywork Aboard Vessels"  page
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Here's a "tour-de-force" from
KILROYJC, who lives in
Jersey City, NJ.

His surf rod was feeling chilly
one day, so Kilroy decided to
give it a nice jacket to keep it
warm on those long outings
for stripers and such.

What a job!  Grafting,
turksheads and a monster
Matthew Walker knot of I
don't know HOW many parts!

This is something that
illustrates the true tradidion
of fancywork.... killing time
while making a beautiful
object out of something
commonplace.  

A lovely piece of work,
altogether.
George Kimmel is a gent
who lives in Northern New
Jersey... he sent me this
picture of him standing in
front of a case of items he's
donated to his local
Lighthouse preservation
society...Most notable is the
picture frame and I really
wish I had a better shot of it.
Marvin Jones of Norfolk VA
kindly allowed me to use
this picture of an absolutely
stunning whistle lanyard he
made... click on the picture
and there'll come up a
larger shot as well as
some details about it's
construction.  Click on his
name and be taken to his
site, which is VERY much
worth the exploration time!
"JoeJapan", a
contributor to the
WBF
sent this in in
response to a request
for pictures of
fancywork
C. (Bud) Brewer made this really nice bell stand and posted the results for all of us to envy!
(1) Starting with a wood form, a
torch and a lotta wrist to bend the
harp out of copper bar stock.
(2) Harp with base silver-soldered
and mostly polished out.
(3) Tying turksheads along harp
base
(4) Doing the finish work and
corners, as well as showing the
turning finish on the copper.

(5) The finished bell as displayed
in his home.  

As always, Brew's work leaves
nothing to be desired in either
planning, construction or finish...
Bud also works in leather, and VERY compently, I might
add... here's some views of his knife lanyard and a few of
the knots used.  Perhaps we can get him to do another of his
super tutorials on leather braiding.

(See Bud's tutorials on "Top Braiding" and "A round-braid
lanyard" on the tutorials page.)

To see more of Bud's work,  visit  
Knotheads Worldwide.
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If YOU have some fancywork you'd like to display here,
or  on one of my other pages,  simply
email me!  There's ALWAYS room for Jello!
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He calls (6)  his "mini-knot board"...  the only thing 'mini'
about it is the size...certainly not the skill...

Note the tiny belaying pins along the base of the board!
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OK: that's a bit misleading.  I don't mean MY personal fancywork (that you can see on the main pages) but rather fancywork done
by individuals who do this as a hobby or who don't have their own websites.    Much of this fancywork is distributed throughout
the site under varying headers but this is for those things which fall under none of the categories at the bottom of the page.
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Ed Hatherly (the "Knotty Man"
of Canada) sent this pic of
some "sailor's whisk brooms"
he made for cleaning out his
fireplace... unlike those $.99
nylon-bristle items, these don't
melt when introduced to an
area where there once might
have been a fire!  You can also
see his
tutorial on MWK's.
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MORE from Bud Brewer... his work continues to amaze
me!
1: some naturally coloured prickers he turned.... also, an
INTERESTING  maul with what looks to be a nylon
head!  (Bet he made the haft on his lathe!)
2: a titanium ( !! ) pricker from his metal shop resting on
his "Tying Stick", a stepped tool he uses for tying
turksheads and Hansen knots, etc., etc., Yul Brynner.
3: Sword cane and walking stick (he turned that one)
with a combination hiking stick,  avalanche probe (he
DOES live in Colorado, after all...),  ice-arrestor and
probably a small Ford Escort hidden somewhere inside
it.
4:  a completed 9-strand double braid sennit lanyard
(instructions in  
Tutorials section)
5:  a completed 17 strand double-braid sennit lanyard (instructions in Tutorials section)
6:  another view of the 17 strand and a companion 17 strand with slightly different finished ends and a decorative breastplate.   
BREW makes tools like I
make crumbs... he can't
help it!

Two pics showing (L) one
of the myriad of
workspaces he has and
(R) the overflow of tools
he's made and which
stand ready to prick,
probe, bend, twist,
spindle, fold, mutilate or
just plain torture
something.

Wow!
Here's his latest
confection... I mean,
creation!
Stainless steel spike, turned and polished up (how the HECK did he do the handle??), then applied a 21x4 long turkshead, then
created a
"Gaucho Fan Knot" and finally, finished off with a heel knot and a Gaucho knot.    Sheesh!     When does he sleep?
(Bud replied,
"The handle was easy!  Judicious application of an acetylene torch and a B.F.H.!")  Gee, thanks, Bud!
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Here's a little item that almost anyone who has ever travelled to Japan or the Asian parts of the world will recognize:  a little "Samurai
Sword" letter-opener that were (and, I suppose, still are) sold just about anywhere you went... I got this for $.25 US (way back when)
and grafted the cover when the wood finally started to crack and the decorations wore off.... the blade is mild steel but it's just as sharp
as a razor!   Simple grafted cover in #15 codline warps using a black thread for the weft.    (2) 7x6 and (2) 3x5 turksheads.  The
turksheads are varnished lightly.
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David Largent has been a Boy Scouter for most of his life.  You can see an outstanding 5' 9" bellrope he made for Camp Red Wing
on the
BELLROPE pages, but here we have two views of some "rope-end" whiskbrooms he 's made up out of either sisal or manila
rope.    Check out the variety of the knots used on these!
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Sam Lanham is a retired Presbyterian Minister (I didn't know they EVER retired!) now living in the "hill country" of Texas and
sends these lovely examples of needle-hitching on wine bottles, as well as a couple of Celtic crosses he's made.   Superb work!
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THIS monster is 42" tall!  That's a regular
wine bottle sitting next to it!
Sam will soon have his own page HERE
along with many other knottyers!
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