Learn the basics of decorative knotwork
Rockland — Marlinspike seamanship has a long history that goes back as long as ships have been going to sea. The marlinspike is a polished, tapered, cone shaped, metal tool (roughly 6- to 12-inches long) used in nautical rope work.
Having mastered the skill of marlinspike seamanship (including splicing, knot tying, and sewing using the marlinspike) sailors traditionally called themselves Marlinespikes or Marlinspike Seamen. In addition to creating utilitarian pieces for use onboard, marlinspike seamen would create gifts for loved ones left behind on long voyages.
The Apprenticeshop in Rockland will be hosting a workshop focusing on Marlinspike Decortive knotwork Saturday, Nov. 9.
Participants of this workshop will learn the basics of decorative knotwork, including where to find tools and materials. The fundamentals of crown knotting, coverings, mats and the Turk’s head will be covered. Participants will take home their own collection of decorative pieces. Along with the knowledge of how to use a marlinspike, the fundamentals of knotwork, and a brief introduction to the history of the marlinspike, participants come away with a broader understanding of traditional seamanship.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Apprenticeshop, 643 Main St. Rockland. Space is limited so be sure to register by contacting the office at 594-1800, by email email@example.com, or visit apprenticehop.org for more information.