12 Knots You Can’t Live Without

UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIS OF KNOTS

Clifford W. Ashley was an artist, author and sailor and was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1881. Because of his boyhood environment, he took a keen interest in whaling and all things related to the sea. After attending art school in Boston, he found himself under the tutelage of Howard Pyle in Delaware, where he created book frontispieces (illustrations facing the cover page of the book) and illustrated magazine stories. He spent six weeks aboard a whaling ship in order to do research for an article about whaling for Harper’s Monthly magazine in 1904 and later published a series of instructional articles (“The Sailor and His

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