Tuesday, 30 October 2012

My Work For Sale.

How Do All ;-)

Please take a look at my page of items that I have for sale. 

All of these items are available either direct from me, or via my Etsy shop
And I have many more to add still! so please check back for updates.

Thank you for looking!

Take care,
Barry ;-)

Monday, 29 October 2012

Rope. For Sale!

How Do All ;-)

Below is a list of rope I have that I am looking to give a new home to. The reason for selling is that I need to make space, and I no longer have a need for so much stock.

Most of this rope is brand new and is full 220m coils which have not been opened!
I have noted below any coils that I have used rope from and exactly how much I used, I keep notes of pretty much every thing ;-)

The prices below are the same price or less than the original trade prices I paid, including the VAT. I have reduced the prices for any coils I have used cord off of, taking the amount into account.

Please note: the ropes will need to be collected from West Drayton, Middlesex, 1 mile North of Heathrow Airport. alternatively if you can arrange your own courier pick up I will weigh the items and give you dimensions.
I will accept Cash, Bank Transfer to my Nationwide account or Personal Cheque in advance of collection (must be cleared first) unless I know you personally.
I am also open to offers for multiple purchases.

Please feel free to contact me: 
knotty (dot) bear (at) gmail (dot) com

Grade 1 Manila, 220 Meter Coils. 3 strand
6mm brand new and unopened. £19.00 I have 2 coils of this.
8mm brand new and unopened. £28.00
12mm brand new and unopened. £53.00
14mm brand new and unopened. £68.00
18mm  23 meters used from this coil 197 meters left. £110.00

Synhemp 220 Meter Coil. 3 strand
10mm  6 meters used from this coil. 214 Meters left. £55.00

Liros Ropes
Below is all the Liros ropes I have, these are pretty expensive ropes due to the nature of the material and intended end use, I have included links to the Liros site and direct links to the product pages so you can check the specs.

Liros Ropes Classic Line, Mat Buff Polyester. 3strand 200 Meter spools
8mm £140.00 I have used less than 2 meters from each of these spools.
10mm £178.00

Liros Classic Line, Mat Buff Polyester, 16 plait double braid. 200 Meter spool
10mm £278.00 I have used 10 meters from this spool.

Thank you for looking.

Take care,
Barry ;-)

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sailmakers Roping Palms. For Sale!

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These Sailmakers Roping palms were hand made my myself using only the highest quality materials. 

A Sailmakers Roping palm is used for sewing the bolt ropes on to the perimeter of a traditional sail, it is also used for sewing on heavy chafing gear of leather to the sail and for sewing in grommets and rings to the sail. The palm is also used for adding seizings, and putting palm and needle whippings onto ropes.

(Palm #2)
These palms are made with heavy leather and natural rawhide and are lined with plush goats skin. the dimpled iron (needle plate or eye) is machined from solid brass and the whole palm is hand stitched.

(Palm #2)

Once made, the palm is softened in in water and then shaped to the hand, where it takes on its Kidney Bean shape, and then worn until dry, after which the palm will be set in the perfect shape for good, or until you soften it to reshape it.

(Palm #2)

These palms have seen very little use and would make a great addition to any Knot Tyers Ditty Bag.

(Palm #2)

The palms will need soaking for a couple of hours in room temp water then placed into a plastic bag for several hours until pliable, then the palms can be shaped, stretched and moulded to suit your hand. 
There is a new, long length of heavily waxed rayon twine joining the ends of the palms so you can secure the palm at the right size for your hand.

(Palm #2)

Now the business end of the deal!

The price for this item is £22.50

Postage is £3.95 Royal Mail, First Class Recorded in the mainland UK.
All other destinations will be sent by "airsure" or "international signed for" if the service is available for your location, please contact me for an accurate shipping quote if outside the UK, as shipping costs may vary considerably depending on location.

Contact Me: knotty (dot) bear (at) gmail (dot) com

These items are also available to buy via my

You can also view my other items for sale here:

Thanks for looking.
Take care,
Barry ;-)

(Palm #1) Now SOLD

Knife/Tool Lanyard. For Sale!

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A knife / tool lanyard would have been used by a rigger, sailor or any craftsman working at height to attach their tools to their harness, belt, tool bag or other object to save loosing the tool should it be dropped, also possible saving injury or damage to persons and property below.

This knife / tool lanyard is made up from several complex sinnets and lanyard knots, the material is 1.25mm Polypropylene.

Please note: the knife pictured with this lanyard is not included with this sale, however if you like to buy the knife please contact me.
The total length of the lanyard is 725mm (not including Knife)

  Starting from the top loop: This is a six strand round sinnet, followed by a fully tucked Mathew Walker knot, then a strand Star Knot.

 Next is a sinnet of over two crowning, followed by a complex spiral crown sinnet, next a multi strand square crown sinnet.

Next comes a, over six under six lanyard knot, followed by a twelve strand complex solid sinnet.

Next comes a neat Gaucho knot style lanyard knot followed by an eight strand square 

Next a diamond lanyard knot followed by a six strand round sinnet.
Lastly a fully tucked Mathew walker and a four strand round sinnet attachment loop.

Now the business end of the deal!

The price for this item is £110.00 

Postage is £6.95 Royal Mail Special Delivery in the mainland UK.
All other destinations will be sent by "airsure" or "international signed for" if the service is available for your location, please contact me for an accurate shipping quote if outside the UK, as shipping costs may vary considerably depending on location.

Contact Me: knotty (dot) bear (at) gmail (dot) com

This item is also available to buy via my
Etsy Store 

You can also view my other items for sale here:
My Work For Sale.

Thanks for looking.
Take care,
Barry ;-)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Cotton Chest Beckets. For Sale!

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I am selling what is probably one of the most beautiful pairs of Sea Chest Beckets you may have ever laid eyes on!
The price of these Beckets is in no way a true reflection of the many hours of work involved to create such a work, they are for me, priceless!

The core of the beckets are a selvagee strop, marled, parcelled, and a puddening of canvas applied, this is then served with Tarred Marline before being covered. 
The Eyes are ringbolt hitched in cotton, the legs are of needle hitching in cotton and the bails are 8 strand x 5 ply coach whipping in cotton.

 The bolt is of 3 strand hemp, wormed, parcelled and served , this is covered with a leather chafing piece and 4 pinked leather washers, the ends of the bolt are finished of with painted, canvas covered manrope knots.

 The finish is hand mixed, natural, Bleached Shellac.

Approx size of each Becket: 
height 260mm x width 155mm.

 Small and large Turk’s-Head knots in flax finish the covering.

These Beckets were featured in the pages of Knotting Matters #80 & #100 (the magazine of the International Guild of Knot Tyers)

The wood cleats are of Lignum Vitae, they have pilot holes drilled and also come with screws for fixing, but if you wish you could fix the cleats in the traditional way using copper rivets, (the cleats would need drilling through to do this.

Now the business end of the deal!

For this unique, one off and completely unrepeatable work of art I am asking a kings ransom of £1,750.00

Postage is £12.75 Royal Mail Special Delivery in the mainland UK.
All other destinations will be sent by "airsure" or "international signed for" if the service is available for your location, please contact me for an accurate shipping quote if outside the UK, as shipping costs may vary considerably depending on location.

Contact Me: knotty (dot) bear (at) gmail (dot) com

This item is also available to buy via my

You can see more of my Chest Beckets here:

Thanks for looking.
Take care,
Barry ;-)

Friday, 12 October 2012

Fluo Ditty Bag, For Sale!

How Do All ;-)
Yup' you heard right! I am selling my pride and joy Ditty Bag.
My Very Own Fluo Ditty Bag is now up for grabs!

The bag is in excellent condition and has never been used in anger, this bag has only ever come out of storage for display purposes!

Please see below for all the details of the bag, and pictures:

 The body of the bag is made from 12oz cotton Duck, and is 300mm x 175mm. the canvas is fully hand seamed and the base has a double seam for durability.

The grip is of Flax and UV reactive cord, and contains; overhand Spanish hitching, wide single strand Gaucho knots and single strand Mathew Walker knots. The hanging loop is 6 strand round braid.

 The slider is a Pineapple knot, and the toggle on the base is covered with Pineapple knots.

 There are 6 hand stitched grommet eyelets around the top of the bag, through which the spliced lanyard legs are buttoned with small Pineapple knot buttons.
The bag can be converted to a shoulder bag by buttoning the double ball toggle on the base of the bag through the hanging loop on the end of the lanyard. 

This bag was featured on the cover and in the pages of Knotting Matters 104.

I was the first person to be presented the Ditty Bag Trophy, in memory of the late Gary Sessions at the joint IGKT & IGKT-NAB meeting at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Massachusetts in 2009, pictured here with the Ditty Bag Trophy and my Fluo Ditty Bag. An article appeared in KM 105 with pictures.

Below you can see the effect that Ultra Violet light has on the UV reactive cord and also the twine used for seaming the bag and putting in the  eyelets.

 The effect of the black light on the UV reactive cord and seaming twine is mind blowing when seen in the flesh.

The single strand Gaucho Knots ane braided directly to the lanyard,

 Close up of the  Pineapple knot used to close the bag.

Now the business end of the deal!

For this unique, one off and completely unrepeatable work of art I am asking a kings ransom of £395.00

Postage is £7.55 Royal Mail Special Delivery in the mainland UK.
& £23.00 USA. for a custom postage quote for other countries please contact me.

Contact Me: knotty (dot) bear (at) gmail (dot) com

This item is also available to buy via my

I will not be making any more Ditty Bags ever again, so this is the last chance to own one of these much sought after hand crafted items!

You can see more of my Canvas Work here:

Thanks for looking.
Take care,
Barry ;-)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Short & Cranky.

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Short & Cranky! nothing to do with my height or my attitude, well maybe the latter is close enough to the truth.
What I am talking about is bicycle cranks, and in the laid back world, for some people shorter is better, but to save me spouting a bunch of crap about the in's and out's of it all, read this article here on the BHPC website written by Mike Burrows, "The Worlds Most Famous (And Irreverent) Cycle Designer" at least that's what his book says anyway ;-)

For me it was the possibility of having to stop cycling all together due to the severe pain I was suffering in my knees; from years of abuse in the mountains, carpet fitting, and mashing back and forth to work every day on my bike.
After joining the laid back crowd I heard about using short cranks and the possible benefits for not only your knees, but a potential improvement in performance also.
So I managed to get hold of Mike and sent a set of cranks off to him to be shortened. 
I have been riding with 170mm cranks and when mike said I'll do them at 140mm for you, so I went with his advice. After refitting them to my bike and resetting the bottom bracket to my leg length I was off.
It took me a little while to get used to them but once I got my head around dropping a gear and spinning at a much higher cadence than I was used to, I started to notice that there was less pressure on my knees and little to no pain, another bonus was that now riding like this, spinning and not mashing anymore I was actually finding an improvement in my average speed and much less muscle fatigue afterwards.
When racing my cadence runs anywhere between 125 rpm and 135 rpm, and even up to and over 150 when heading for the line!

I have since had a couple of sets of cranks shortened by Mike, but me being me I had to give it a go myself, not to save money, as time wise it is cheaper to let Mike do it for you! but because I like to try and do everything myself.
So I set out and using an old crank to do a test on; I made up a very simple jig which held the crank and the correct level and drilled, tapped and faced my first crank arm.

Here is the first test piece, drilled, tapped and faced for the pedal flange.

I then cut the offending crank end, and reshaped and polished the new end with a nice radius.

The pedal flange sits nicely in the newly faced end. Just a shame the partner to this crank ended up on a rope machine, it would have made quite a nice set otherwise.

After the success with the trial crank arm, I decide to go all out and try my hand at a new Shimano Hollowtech 105 Compact crankset for my race bike to replace the triple set I had on there, which Mike also shortened for me.

Here you can see the hollow sections inside the cranks, some people say that the Hollowtech cranks can't be shortened, but after doing over 4000 miles on the first set Mike shortened for me, I guess you could say that statement is BS. 

I shortened this set from 170mm down to 140mm and there is still plenty of meat for the pedal threads to get hold of.

After cutting the old ends off I made a nice radius to the new ends on a belt sander and then polished them up a little with some wet and dry paper.

Here is the new set on my race/training bike.

I have done a few hundred miles on these now and they are perfect! in my opinion anyway. and after racing with them last weekend I am totally happy that they can stand up to anything I can throw at them.

If you have never tried using short cranks before I can highly recommend giving them a go, but you need to give them a fair trial as they do take a few weeks to get accustomed to.

Take care,
Barry ;-)

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Knotsam & Jetsam.

How Do All ;-)

Nothing much happening at the moment, so just to fill some space, here is a few pictures of a new key lanyard I just made.
When I used to cycle on one of those strange upright bike contraptions, I used to like having my keys to hand, attached to the outside of my rucksack so I did not have to take my bag off to get the keys out and open the gate and back door. 
The buttoned end of the lanyard was attached to the D ring on the shoulder strap, and the keys sat in the side pole pocket. 
Though I ride a proper bike now and don't need to wear the pack, I still like to carry a nice bit of knot work with me ;-)
The end of the lanyard has a 4 strand round sinnet eye which attaches to the key fob, followed by an 8 strands square sinnet. then a split button hole of two 4 strand round sinnets, a short 8 strand square sinnet and a fancy complex button knot.

The cord used is 2mm diameter. and the dragon fly brooch is an optional extra! (really just there for some pretty in the photos ;-)

The key fob is my old trusty double ender! made from scrap recycled, UV reactive Diabolo string.

Lanyard is about 650mm total length.

An 8 strand square sinnet bracelet in 1mm line with a complex button knot.

An old Mothers day gift which I stole back to get a picture, a complex crown knot button, Sunflower ABOK #900 in 3 mm cord, fully stiffened, also with one of my Dragonfly brooches.

A selection of my Dragonfly brooches, in 2mm line, fully stiffened, with a brooch pin incorporated into the knot work, much neater than gluing it on the back.

Thank you for looking.
Take care,
Barry ;-)