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Since I don't have a warm place to work on sticks in the winter (and what a winter it has been), I decided to try to learn a bit about something I've long thought about, namely knot tying. I can't say I found that I had any natural aptitude for it but with much practice and as much eye strain I came up with these two. The straight stick has a turks head at the top and bottom with a simple wrap between. The primitive snakes head stick has a doubled 4 bight 32 lead turks head knot, if I understand the terms correctly. The paracord is good to work with and feels good for a grip but all in all I think I like the look of leather better.

I guess that begs the question, does anyone know of a good source for leather cord?
 

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Thanks folks. I wish I had started learning to do knots before the arthritis got to my hands but I guess we do what we can.

As for patterns, I have several books that are OK at best but the instructional videos on YouTube are great, especially since I can pause them while I wring the confusion out of my brain. (my calculations are my brain is about 70% confusion, 20% uncertainty, and 10% some unidentified brown substance.)

I also learned on YouTube that you can tighten a paracord wrap by pouring boiling water on it once it's finished. I haven't tried it yet but am anxious to see the results. By the way, the stick with the snakes head is my first ever walking stick. It is a Hickory sapling that I dug up on my grandfathers farm about 40 years ago. Still strong and very light. I wish I had a source for more like it.
 
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