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November 2013

Mastering marlinespike

Cockscombing

Originally used as chafing gear and covers for deck rigs and handrails, cockscombing is now used as a decorative covering. The work can be beautifully accentuated if you are precise, pull each tuck tight, position the front braiding, and make no mistakes.

Cockscombing AB

A. Cut the length of line to be covered. Then select the type, colors and desired length of the cockscombing line. Secure the lines with a twice- or thrice-turned sack knot and heat melt the ends.

B. Place the line to be covered in a vertical position and pull the line cover strands down. For the left strand in the first set of tucks: go right and around back, ending under the same strand (right half hitch).

Cockscombing CDEFG

C. For the middle strand: go left and around back, ending under the same strand (left half hitch).

D. For the right strand: go right and around back, ending under the same strand (right half hitch). Be careful to pull each strand tight after the half hitch.

E. From that point on, for the lowest strand on the right side: go left and around back, ending under the same strand (left half hitch).

F. & G. For the lowest strand on the left side: go right and around back, ending under the same strand (right half hitch). To finish, heat melt the ends or cover them with whipping.

Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett

  

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Eye splice

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Binder’s loop

Wall and crown knot

Inside cow hitch

Toggled reef knot

Long splice

Tugboat hitch

Crown sennit

Toggled lark’s head

Matthew Walker knot

Cockscombing

Back splice

 

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