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5 Knots Every Maker Should Know

Essential knots you should know and how and when to use them.

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How-To: Nautical Knot Bracelets

Create your own colorful maritime-inspired accessories with this beginner-friendly tutorial for making nautical knot bracelets!

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How-To: Full Tang Cord Handle Wrap

There are lots of great Paracord projects over on Instructables, and we’ve featured quite a few of them here before (see below), but this one from Harlan Whitman caught my eye, both because of the great job Harlan does presenting the technique, and because of the great-looking results he gets on this camp axe, which he made himself.

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The Knot Zoo

Old but very interesting resource from Canadian Robert Scharein, programmer of the software package KnotPlot. The knots are organized by the number of crossings, and can be clicked on to display rotatable 3D models. [via Maxwell’s Demon]

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How-To: Quick ropecraft laptop shoulder sling

It’s probably not much good against the rain, but this handy bit of urban fieldcraft from YouTuber sumitsumit would be hard to beat for showing off your DIY-fu at the local hackerspace, coffeeshop, or school. Pretty much guaranteed to impress that attractive gentleman or lady in your engineering class. It takes about 20′ of rope, includes an adjustable shoulder-strap, and–I suspect–could probably be tied or untied in ten seconds or less with practice. I don’t want to spoil sumitsumit’s reveal, so I didn’t include a screen-cap, but you can scan forward to 4:20 to see the finished product. [via Boing Boing]

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