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You are Here: Braid Guide​​

Centuries of knot and braid patterns have been passed down thru the generations.
Ancient sailors, craftsmen and cowboy's have all made their mark in the braids and knots that are used today.
Most of the patterns 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, the Turk's Head Knot was used by ancient sailors to mark their ships wheel. 
Before "political correctness" the Turk's Head Knot was named for resembling a Turkish turban. 
Useful for cinching up tight and staying put the Turk's head knot circled the globe and was 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.   
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.
  1. Round Braids
    Round Braids
    Most versatile braid can be braided alone or around a core for added strength.
  2. Crocodile Ridge Braid
    Crocodile Ridge Braid
    The Crocodile Ridge is a beautiful 6 to 10 strand contoured braid has a raised braided middle. In Argentina this braid is called *lomo de yacare.
  3. The Cowboy Knot
    The Cowboy Knot
    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
  4. The Gaucho Knot
    The Gaucho Knot
    Gaucho interweave on a 4 bight Turk's head. It's name comes from the Gauchos of South America.
  5. Herringbone Interweave
    Herringbone Interweave
    Herringbone interweave on a 6 bight Turk's head. Also called a pineapple knot.
  6. The Turk's Head
    The Turk's Head
    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!
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Bo and Tammy Davie
or 575-418-7319