The Braiding of leather and rawhide is truly an ancient art...
As Always, Thanks to: Bruce Grant's Encyclopedia of Leather and Rawhide Braiding And to all of the old time braiders and knotters that have shared their knot and braid knowledge to keep the art of braiding alive and passing it on.
The Cowboy Knot
This is a long 6 bight Turk's head. We call it the cowboy knot. It is the foundation for the long pineapple.
The Gaucho Knot
Gaucho interweave on a 4 bight Turk's head. It's name comes from the Gauchos of South America.
The Long Pineapple Knot
This is a built on a long 6 bight Turk's head. It uses 5 ft. of thong and can be built on for longer knots or coverings.
The Pineapple Knot
Herringbone interweave on a 6 bight Turk's head. Also called a pineapple knot.
Large Gaucho Knot
Gaucho interweave on a 6 bight Turk's head. The V's are horizontal compared to the more vertical pineapple
4 Thong Round Braid
Most versatile braid can be braided alone or around a core for added strength.
Herringbone Ridge braid has a ridge on the front and a flat herringbone pattern on the back. Made with 6 strands
Herringbone Herringbone has a V shaped pattern. Made with 5 strands
All of the interwoven fancy knots with interweaves are made using a Turk's head knot as the foundation.
The end always comes back to the beginning.
Named for resembling a Turkish turban. Sailors used the Turk's head knot to mark their ships wheel for navigation And it really did circle the globe!
Crocodile Ridge Braid
A beautiful 6 to 10 strand contoured braid has a raised, braided middle. In Argentina this braid is called *
de acre. It is also very popular in Australia.
*Bruce Grant's Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding
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A Guide to the braids and knots that we use:
Davie Leather & Braid
We specialize in custom braided leather products - hand cut and braided by us
from the best quality hides
Made in the USA
Thank-you so much for the visit!
Davie Leather and Braid
Address: HC 60 Box 509 Quemado, NM 87829 USA Phone: 575-773-4695
We try to make the most durable and best product that we can. Always.
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Ancient peoples have been manipulating animal hides into usable leather and rawhide since time began. In the process of making clothes and tools they began weaving and joining leather into intricate and utilitarian patterns that were used in everyday life.
Ancient sailors, craftsmen and cowboy's have all made their mark in the braids and knots that we use today. Centuries of knot and braid patterns have been passed down thru the generations. Most of the patterns that we use today are so old that their true origin has been lost - yet are known around the world and have many different names.
Follow the path of the Turk's Head Knot and you can travel back in time. Long before GPS and computer gadgets the Turk's Head Knot was used to mark the ships wheel for navigation. Named before there was political correctness to think about, the "Turks Head Knot" was named for resembling a Turkish turban. For the sailors that used it - the Turk's head was useful for cinching up tight and staying where he put it, perfect for marking their heading from the stars of the night before. When they went to port, along with the trading of goods they shared their knowledge and ways of doing things. In this way the amazing Turk's Head Knot circled the globe and integrated into many different cultures.
The magic of the Turk's Head Knot, with all of its countless variations and in perfect symmetry, the end always comes back to the beginning.
Thanks so much for your visit!
Bo and Tammy
Around the world with the Amazing Turk's Head Knot will eventually take you back to the beginning.
Following the trail of the Turk's Head Knot World Map is a continues work in progress.
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