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"A man who can make a Manrope knot, Star knot or Rose knot is an object of respect" - A.Wetjen
Knotting and fancywork were a popular way to spend the little freetime sailors had onboard sailing ships.
However, the majority of sailors only knew a few knots just to fullfill their duties.
Anyone who could tie complex and decorative knots were well respected.
Most iconic of all knotwork were sailors chest beckets. To tie a pair of fancy beckets, a sailor used all his skills he had learned during his career. Beckets were studied by other crew members to determine if the owner was a true "marlinspike sailor"
The inspiration for my work comes from this traditional form of art from the time of tall ships.
The basics of knotting and splicing I have learned from my father who had learned the skills from his father and grandfather, captain Albert H. Snellman.
I mainly use traditional materials like hemp, flax, cotton, tar and shellac.
All my work takes its form in my own workshop on Brändö, Åland.
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