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The Splicing Handbook

This is the only reference devoted entirely to splicing today's ropes. "The Splicing Handbook" includes step-by-step illustrations and explanations for the most useful and popular splices in traditional twisted and modern braided ropes, and it covers every kind of splicing project you are likely to encounter, including modern cordage such as Spectra; mainstream rope materials such as Dacron and nylon; and, wire and rope-to-wire splices. It covers all the standard rope constructions using Dacron and nylon, including solid braid, double braid, parallel core, plaited, and three-strand. It explains how to splice wire for sailboat shrouds and halyards. It shows how to make a broad range of useful onboard projects - and several that will find uses around the home as well, including dog collars, netting, rope railings, and lanyards.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Preface to the Third Edition Part One: Splicing and Seizing Modern Ropes Chapter 1. Introduction to Splicing; Chapter 2. Three-Strand Twisted Rope; Chapter 3. Three-Strand Splicing Projects; Chapter 4. Double-Braid Rope; Chapter 5. Solid-Braid Splice; Chapter 6. Braid with Three-Strand Core; Chapter 7. Braid with Parallel Core; Chapter 8. Hollow Braid; Chapter 9. Copolymer End-to-End Splice; Chapter 10. Eight-Plait Rope; Chapter 11. Eight-Plait Rope-to-Chain Splice; Chapter 12. Twelve-Plait Rope; Chapter 13. Whipping and Seizing; Chapter 14. Sew-and-Serve Splice; Part Two: Splicing Wire Rope Chapter 15. Introduction to Wire Rope; Chapter 16. Liverpool Wire Splice; Chapter 17. Tug Boat Splice; Chapter 18. Lap Splice; Chapter 19. Mill Valley Splice; Part Three: Ropework Projects Chapter 20. Traditional Rope Fenders; Chapter 21. Dressing Up a Vinyl Fender; Chapter 22. Bow Puddings; Chapter 23. Baggywrinkle; Chapter 24. A Cargo Net; Chapter 25. Lizards; Chapter 26. Making Your Own Rope; Chapter 27. Quick and Easy Knots; Glossary Index

About the Author

Barbara Merry is a marine rope worker with twenty years of experience in the splicing trade. Founder and owner of the Marlinspike Artist, she has worked on projects for boats of all sizes, from small traditional sailing craft and working schooners to commercial fishing vessels and U.S. Coast Guard cutters. She has taught at the Wooden Boat School and the Northeast Maritime Institute, and has written on rope and rope technology for WoodenBoat and Invention and Technology. John Darwin is a master of rope technology and sailed in many capacities from deckhand to captain before working shoreside for a large rope manufacturer. A former rope designer, John still tests and fabricates rope.

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