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The timber hitch is used to secure a rope round a post or any cylindrical object. It is also known as Bowyer’s Knot owing to its use in attaching the end of the bowstring to a longbow.
How to Tie a Timber Hitch Knot
Sailors often add a half hitch in front of the timber hitch for extra stability while lowering long items or towing. This modification is known as the Killick hitch.
- As per The Ashley Book of Knots, its main use lies in handling cargo.
- Helpful for towing a log or a spar in water or on land.
- Used by arborists and lumbermen to attach ropes to branches, tree trunks and logs.
- To connect the strings of the guitar and ukelele to their bridges.
How to Tie a Timber Hitch Knot Step by Step
- Wrap the rope round the support
- Pass the working end round the standing part
- Pull it to the left from below the loop formed
- Turn it round two more times
- Pull both ends tightly to secure
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