For the past couple of decades, Val has been using this knot to tie down everything from canoes, tarps and other implements of camping and boating. Last summer, I captured it on camera as he showed it to me and Mark. Whenever I see somebody driving down the road holding a mattress on the roof of the car with their left hand, I think of how knots like this are a lost knowledge.

How do you tie things to the top of your vehicle? What is your magic, all purpose knot? How did you learn the ropes? Have you taught your kids to tie things other than their shoes? Join the conversation in the comments and please add your photos and video to the MAKE Flickr pool.

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