The Field - - Country Estate - By Lucy David­son Pav­il­ion, £10

It is apt that the cover of

Lucy David­son’s new book is bal­ing-twine or­ange, for at this mo­ment there is a bag of vary­ing lengths sit­ting at the bot­tom of the stairs in­tended for jobs on the farm and pony de­tri­tus. In­stead, it has been half-inched and knot­ted vig­or­ously us­ing David­son’s book as a guide.

The book di­vides the knots into four sec­tions: clas­sic, camp­ing, climb­ing and mar­itime. Each sec­tion has il­lus­trated ty­ing in­struc­tions and one or two knot projects, with guid­ance on how to make use­ful ob­jects, from a coaster to a ham­mock.

There’s a short sec­tion at the start on which rope to use, which is most help­ful, as well as notes on tools. All knots are il­lus­trated pret­tily by the au­thor and come with an ex­po­si­tion, so if you are keen to per­fect your cat’s paw, wheel out the true lover’s knot or Munter hitch you can start here.

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