~ Lesson 3 - "square" turk's head knots ~
"Square" turk's head knots have either one more or one less leads than bights. One of the most basic turk's head knots (even bights) is the "5 lead 4 bight" turk's head. (Also basic for square "odd" bights is the "4 lead 3 bight" turk's head). This is a most useful knot and has many applications in working with fancy knots. Since better directions for the "5x4" turk's head are in most knot books I will not give directions here. These basic square turk's head knots can be expanded by use of the "mule" and as shown, are the base knots for many pineapple knots. The "heel knot" is a "type 2" pineapple knot and is made from square turk's head knots. The "5x4" turk's head knot can be made closed (around a round ball/ball bearing like the necklaces/zipper pulls, etc.) open (open on both ends like the tool wraps) and flat (coffee cup coasters, etc.)
Many beautiful necklaces can be made with the "5x4" turk's head.
"5x4" Zipper Pulls!
"5x4" Eskimo Yo-Yo!
"5x4" Backpack knots!
More "5x4" turk's head necklaces!
"5x4" turk's heads used to secure tool wraps.
Wooden mandrels work nice for working with square turk's heads and these mandrels are simple wooden dowels. They come in all sizes and are made of either soft wood or hard wood(expensive!). Soft wood works just fine! The wooden dowels used here usually come in 4' lengths and you can use a miter saw to make 4 sets of these 1' long mandrels. (share them with 3 of your knot tyer friends!). I use 1" white medical tape to make a grip for working with turk's heads. I have marked these dowels like shown in Bruce Grant's books, but marking the mandrels really isn't necessary. Several sizes of these mandrels help out because you will move your turk's head to a smaller mandrel as you turn your basic turk's head into a pineapple knot!
Make a basic "5x4" turk's head knot.
"Split the pair" using the "mule"!
By "splitting the pair" of a "5x4" turk's head using the "mule" you have made a "7x6" turk's head! The "7x6" square turk's head is one of the knots used to make the pineapple knots. NOTE that if you again "split the pair" of the "7x6" turk's head using the "mule", you will have made a "9x8" turk's head knot, which is also one of the knots used to make the pineapple knots! You can again "split the pair" on and on...always coming up with a square turk's head knot. Each of these square turk's head knots can also be used to make pineapple knots!
The base knots for these pineapple knots are "7x6" square turk's heads! The instructions for pineapple knots are in:
Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding by Bruce Grant
Introduction to Turk's-Head Knots by Tom Hall
This is a "heel" knot and can be made with any size square turk's head ("7x6", "9x8", "11x10", etc.) These are the knots on bosals.
Pineapple Knot by Mike Storch - Colorado USA
Heel Knot by Mike Storch - Colorado USA
A beautiful Pineapple Knot by Willy Willaert - Belgium
"Amazing Bellropes" by Franz Masurel - Netherlands
You will be using wooden balls to make pineapple knots. The end knot shown here is an "over 2" crown knot using 6 strands. It locks in very well. Using a 6 bight pineapple knot, you will make the "over 2" crown knot with 6 strands! If you make the pineapple knot with 8 bights, you will use an 8 strand "over 2" crown knot, etc. The pineapple bight end will lay naturally over the "over 2" crown knot of the same count! Keeping a notebook with exact sizes of cords/balls/knots is very important here! Get a caliper and record everything!!
These heel knots are fairly basic and these knots are really not too hard to make once you learn the basics of pineapple knots! Mixing colors is fairly easy to do in making these types of knots!
A nice Heel Knot by Willy Willaert - Belgium
Same Heel Knot - different view by Willy Willaert - Belgium
The "type 3" Pineapple Knot can go on forever!!
by Dave Barrow - Florida USA
by: Willy Willaert - Belgium
One more by Willy Willaert - Belgium