The problem with too many knot-tying guides is the confusing jargon and Escher-like illustrations. You’ll get none of that with Peter Owen’s 80-page handbook.
Owen keeps the explanations simple and provides incredibly clear line drawings of the 17 knots most useful to outdoorsmen, including the clove hitch, bowline, sheet bend and transom knot. In addition, Owen discusses why and why not to use certain ropes in specific situations. (Burford Books; $9.95; 973-258-0960)
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