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Gerald L Findley
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Rope Works is a book of knots, hitches, splices, lashings and rope making. Rope Works presents a series of intructions illustrated in a knotboard format. The instructions are especially helpful for individuals or groups intrested in learning to tie knots with confidence. In addition, Rope Works contains plans for several different hand operated rope machines.
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ROPE WORKS PLUS is a sequel to and an expansion of the author's original book, ROPE WORKS. ROPE WORKS PLUS is a more detailed work that provides a description of each knot, the knot's uses, other names when available, and informative comments. The step by step graphics of each knotboard are enhanced by a narration describing each step. As well as the knots, hitches, splices, and lashings, ROPE WORKS PLUS also includes chapters on netting, rope making, making and using simple pioneering tools, and pioneering models.
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Fingerweaving is the art of producing useful textiles without the use of a loom. Various forms of fingerweaving are found throughout the world. This book, however, will deal only with two forms of fingerweaving commonly found among the people of the first nations of North America: warpface weaving and openface weaving.
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The Cherokee double wall basket is a wicker plaited basket. The design was created by the Oklahoma (Western) Cherokees when they were removed from North Carolina to Oklahoma. The traditional basket is woven of honeysuckle or buckbrush. For a contemporary look, many weavers use round reed for their baskets.
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This book is intended to be a set of guidelines for an OA Ceremony Team that has chosen to emulate the regalia of the Iroquois from the historic period between the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. This period of history was chosen because of the availability of documents and museum pieces that could be used to support the final decisions of the ceremony team. Later periods of history were rejected because of the blurring of what was actually used by the Iroquois for their regalia and what was created to look “Indian” to satisfy the tourist trade. This set of guidelines can be used by members of an OA Ceremony Team to create personal costuming that emulates the chosen historic period. It is also hoped that other groups interested in emulating native American regalia may find this book to be useful. This book was not written to be used to create period correct costumes for reenactors.
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Gerald L Findley

Rope Works Lashings DVD is a two disk set that presents 19 different lashings in an animated format.
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