(This is one of my recently made bellropes, it is made out of several sizes of cotton cord and contains a core made frome scraps from other bellropes) I think it came out pretty good, one of these days I'll have to get me a bell.
I have had a lot of requests about instructions to construct a bellrope like the one in the photo so I purchased a good tripod and have put togeather a video showing how I put one togeather step by step so if you would like a copy contact me and I'll give you more info.
ONE OF MY GOALS WITH MY BELLROPES: I would really like to have one of my bellropes make it to the silver screen as one of the props in a movie, so if any producers, directors, prop suppliers, whoever, anyone in the business that might be able to use a bellrope in some of their scenes, just let me know.
"NEW" Check out the E-Bay link in the links, a very easy to use tool for looking for knot items for sale in the e-bay online auctions, use it to find books, knotted items, tools, etc. (You can pick up some pretty good deals in here sometimes and you can also sell some of your own things) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CARRICK BEND PATTERNS: I am looking for different carrick bend type patterns anchors, crosses, mats, whatever, (they could be any design) if you are interested in this area of knot tying please let me know and maybe we can trade ideas and swap around some information.
KNEW KNOT KNEWS (If you have heard something new in the knot tying world let me know and I might be able to post it)
I'm no longer in Coos Bay, I now reside in Chesapeake Virginia, my e-mail address is still the same so keep in touch.
JUST REPUBLISHED: A. Hyatt Verrills, "Knots, Splices and RopeWork: A Practical Treatise" First published in 1912 with a second edition in 1917. It contains all the usual knots (well drawn) along with some other more unusual ones such as the "French Shroud Knot", the "Alternative Eye" and the "Flemish Eye", etc. For information on obtaining a copy contact David Goodchild see the link for David Goodchild in the links section.
( I recieved a copy of this book recently, it had a few things in there that I hadn't seen before, even a section in the back on rope halters for horses. It's hardback and has a classy look about it there on the bookshelf, it's a must if you are a knot tying enthuseist and knot book collector.)
NEW WEBSITE: THE KNOT BOARD a bulletin board for the knot tying community. (just look over in my links section)
I've created this web page to assist in gathering information on sources for knot tying information and sources for knot tying materials. I've been fooling around with knots for the past 17 years and I have found that it is not easy to find a lot of materials used in knot tying and fancy ropework (especially here in Alaska) If you are interested in finding sources for information in knot tying check out my links section. If you are interested in finding sources for knot tying materials drop me an e-mail and I'll send you a copy of the e-mail message that I keep on file with a list of sources for materials, tools, books, etc. ( After some suggestions I have gone ahead and posted my list of sources at the bottom of this web page)
Also if you are looking for information on a specific topic send me an e-mail and I might be able to tell you where to find the information you are looking for or I might be able to put you in contact with someone that knows more about it.
Also I'm always looking for sources so if you know of any let me know and I'll add them to my list.
Sources: THIS IS MY CURRENT LIST THAT I UTILIZE IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER SOURCES FOR SUPPLIES LET ME KNOW AND I'LL INCLUDE IT.
1. LEE VALLEY TOOLS 12 EAST RIVER ST. OGDENSBURG, NY, 13669 USA TELE:1-800-871-8158 in CANADA also LEE VALLEY TOOLS P.O. BOX 6295, Stn J OTTAWA, ONTARIO K2A 1T4 CANADA
CARRIES A GREAT VARIETY OF TOOLS FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING THEY HAVE AN ITEM CALLED JAPANESE GARNISH AWLS THAT MAKE VERY GOOD PRICKERS, THEY ALSO CARRY WAXED POLYESTER SAIL TWINE, AND A NICE SELECTION OF KNIVES. (THEY HAVE A VERY GOOD CATALOG WITH LOTS OF NEAT STUFF)
2. THE KNOT SHOPPE PO BOX 202607 ANCHORAGE, AK 99520 TELE: (907)274-2321 E-MAIL: email@example.com
GOOD FOR JUST ABOUT ANY KIND OF CORD, A VERY GOOD SELECTION OF GOOD QUALITY PARACHUTE CORD, IN JUST ABOUT EVERY COLOR YOU COULD ASK FOR. SCREW THREADED NEEDLES ALSO THAT ARE JUST ABOUT THE NEATEST TRICK TO COME ALONG IN YEARS FOR KNOT TYERS. JUST TELL HIM WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AND HE'LL TELL YOU IF HE'S GOT IT OR CAN GET IT. (HE'S GOT BEADS, SPLIT RINGS AND LOTS OF OTHER THINGS THAT YOU WOULDN'T THINK OF USING FOR KNOT TYING TILL HE TELLS YOU ABOUT THEM)
3. FOOTROPE KNOTS (You can contact Des Pawson by e-mail now) 501 WHERESTED ROAD IPSWICH, IP2 8LL UNITED KINGDOM E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
LOTS OF STUFF, WRITE TO THE OWNER DES PAWSON HE'LL SEND YOU A NICE LITTLE CATALOG WITH JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING FOR KNOT TYING IN IT. THEY DO CUSTOM WORK ALSO, KNOTBOARDS, FENDERS, BELLROPES, ETC.
4. S-T LEATHER COMPANY P.O. BOX 78188 ST. LOUIS, MO 63178-8188 TELE: (314) 241-6009
THESE FOLKS CARRY THAT OLD TIME WAXED LINEN SAIL TWINE, THEY HAVE A GOOD CATALOG ALSO WITH GOOD LEATHER WORKING SUPPLIES THAT MIGHT BE USED WITH KNOT TYING.
5. MYSELF: MARTIN COMBS 213 Lynette Drive Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909 E-MAIL: email@example.com
IF YOUR LOOKING FOR SOME OF THE HARD TO FIND KNOT BOOKS FROM OVERSEAS (ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, AUSTRALIA) (check out my books on knots and tall ships in the links section of my web page) I have a couple of materials that I use myself that I am now offering, including good quality 3 strand cotton cord in 5 sizes, and also solid brass thimbles like the one in the eye of the bellrope in the picture above.
6. TANDY LEATHER PO Box 791, Fort Worth, TX 76101 USA http://www.tandyleather.com/
LOTS OF LEATHERWORK SUPPLIES THAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE FOR KNOT TYING WORK
7. R&W Enterprises 404 Nash Road P.O. Box 50420 New Bedford, MA 02745-0014
Tel. 508/997-3933 Fax 508/997-9990 Lots of different lines to use .
8. Wrisco Industries Inc. 6075 W 115th St Alsip, IL 60803 (708)385-7000 This source was suggested to me by Mr. Jackson as a source for venitian blind cord (says they have every color under the sun) $51.36 / 1000 yard spool 1.4mm nylon cord Part # 160080
KNOT INFOINTERNATIONAL GUILD OF KNOT TYERS: A good organization if you are interested in knots, and knotwork.
THE PACIFIC AMERICAS BRANCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL GUILD OF KNOT TYERS:
ONLINE KNOT MUSEUM: Dan Callahans famous website.
PAGE AFTER PAGE BOOKSTORE: Here in my town of Elizabeth City we have one great bookstore right across from Mariners Wharf on the Pasquotank River, they are starting to offer knot books and good cords also.
BOOKS ON KNOTS AND TALL SHIPS: Also a good video on decorative knotwork and a good book on the U.S. Lifesaving Service, and a couple of knot tying materials sources. And for the bellrope makers the elusive brass thimble.
KNOTS ON THE WEB: An excellent site with lots of links to other knot sites, nice artwork also.
KNOTHEADS WORLD WIDE: An excellent site with lots of photos, a lot of IGKT work in there.
KNOT TYING VIDEOS BY MARTIN COMBS: A couple of videos for sale that will assist you in making a bellrope and also boatswain pipe lanyards.
ANDERSON LEATHER: Check out the photo's of the Corvette (the other photos are good also)
KNOT STUFF CORDS: My site for the cotton cords that I sell.
DAVID GOODCHILDS BOOK SITE: A good source for nautical classics a few good knot books also.
STORMDRANES KNOT BLOG: This is a very informative site theres instructions for projects and a long list of links and sources. One of the best I have come across.
FID-O: If you are going to be doing some splicing you might want to have a look at some of these cool spliceing tools.
Turks Heads and Mats By T J Bartruff : Turkshead Information
DAVID MORGAN BRAIDING SUPPLIES: Looking for a source for Kangaroo leather in the USA they have it. Other good braiding supplies also.
Marlinespike.com: Tim Whittens Knotwork: Great examples of bellropes and chest beckets and he sells them also, excellent knotwork.
KNOT TYING COMPUTER PROGRAMS: By Frank in Sisters Oregon, have a look in there he has some demos and a screen saver.
THE TURKSHEAD COOKBOOK SITE: Turksheads, Turksheads, Turksheads
BOOKERS CUSTOM CORDAGE: Some interesting patterns in braided cords, they might even be able to do made to order patterns of your own design.
DAVE DOES KNOT WORK: A fellow knot artisian that offers his work for sale he also offers an instructional video on how to make the mysterious monkeyfist.
CALLAHAN'S KNOT PHOTO ALBUM: Some great photos of knotwork, (you got to have a look at these)
KNOT CHAT (Most of the time on sunday at 6PM Pacific) :
KNOTTED PICTURE FRAMES: These are some great examples of knotwork
FRAYED KNOT ARTS: Good info and great pictures on this site.