By Philippe Petit

On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a cord illegally rigged among the hot York global alternate Center's dual towers, the place he played for almost an hour. in this history-making stroll, and so forth all through his celebrated profession, knots have continuously been critical components-the mum or dad angels holding his lifestyles within the sky.
After years of hands-on study, Philippe provides Why Knot?, a consultant to tying his crucial knots. Philippe's personal useful sketches illustrate unique tools and transparent, shrewdpermanent tying directions. images during which certain knots have been used in the course of brilliant high-wire walks, quirky knot minutiae, own anecdotes, priceless advice, magic methods, and exact tying demanding situations make sure that, if you are now not already nuts for knots, Petit will rework you right into a knot aficionado.

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"In examining Philippe's publication we're cogently reminded that with no the facility to safe a rope, or tether a goat, or make quickly the sheets of a galley, a lot of the civilization that we take without any consideration might disappear as simply as a slipknot within the arms of a Vegas conjuror." -Sting

"Philippe Petit is an artist of knots: We get taken and sprung unfastened while. this can be a dynamic publication, eclectic, enjoyable, and functional. From Nabokov to the area exchange middle to improvised handcuffs! Wonderful." -Colum McCann

"Read this e-book and pa it on your pocket. . . . at some point it could shop your life!" -Melissa Leo

"This isn't really your general booklet for Boy Scouts. this can be for people with a feeling of poetry-the poetry and the secret of the Bowline within the Bight, the Highwayman's Hitch, and the Monkey's Fist-revealed to us by way of a guy whose lifestyles is determined by ropes and knots." -Werner Herzog

"Petit's certain and deeply insightful philosophy during the guise of mere knots perpetually binds us to brilliant new joys." -Elizabeth Streb

"The ebook describes, between different issues, the type of knots that held quickly whilst was once excessive up with out a net-the 'locked constrictor' he used on the alternate heart, the 'farmer's loop' he mounted to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia in 1973, the 'jug sling' he forged sooner than he walked among Avery Fisher corridor and what was once then the recent York kingdom Theater in Lincoln middle in 1987." -The long island Times

"Petit's illustrated consultant to a few of his favorites, just like the slipped clove hitch he used to anchor the twine on which he walked throughout New York's Grand relevant Terminal.. [He] carried a size of rope in his pocket that allows you to practice tips at a moment's realize. The ebook comes built with a piece of twine so readers can do the same." -WIRED

"In explaining the aim and construction of knots, Mr. Petit earns excellent marks. due to these perfect drawings, I relearned the bowline in list time." -Wall road magazine

"Petit, who is familiar with the way to tie two hundred knots and has a knot library of two hundred volumes, is a poetic and passionate instructor." -Boston Globe

"His most modern e-book celebrates the unsung heroes of his paintings: knots. This superbly packaged hardcover comes whole with a convention rope coiled within the title's O." - psychological Floss

"Thank you for this extremely smart e-book, everybody wishes one!" -Charlie Rose

"Mr. Petit is the precise instructor. His descriptions are transparent, he deploys humor often and he makes his issues with anecdotes which are colourful and remarkable. Explaining the aim and production of knots and due to these ideal drawings Mr. Petit earns ideal marks." -Wall road Journal

"For famed high-wire walker Philippe Petit, a well-tied knot is greater than a specific thing of beauty-it's a question of lifestyles and dying. The punning identify of Philippe Petit's most recent ebook may simply as simply be the maxim through which he ha

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Today, the rope market is inundated by brand names of “super fibers” such as Kevlar (an organic polymer used for bulletproof vests) and Dyneema (a high-modulus polyethylene); some are nearly indestructible by fire or razor blades, others overstretch without breaking, others do not stretch at all, others weigh almost nothing. Tomorrow, I am sure, new artificial fibers will be created and made into surprisingly new kinds of ropes that will continue to compete with one another for, among other features, strength and lightness.

Tighten the knot as much as possible before loading the rope. To cinch a knot: to tug it firmly. To untie: to cast off (old nautical term: to remove a line from its belay), to cast loose, to unbend (if the knot is part of the Bends family of knots), to undo, to release (to draw a knot is to open it; to cast off instantly is “to let go by the run,” as opposed to “pay off” which consists in slacking off gradually). One can talk of the “releasability” of a knot; its ease of untying. To capsize, to spill: A knot that is not secured may slip.

I make a point of sharing my deep, unusual relationship with knots by mixing the poetry they carry with knot mood, knot lore, and knot technology. I have chosen to include only certain knots—the ones I believe in, the ones that talk to me. First, the lifesavers; and second, those that are essential to my profession as walker-upon-ropes. ) Then come the knots I deem ingenious, intriguing, inviting. Followed by the ones that cannot wait to be of assistance: the actively practical ones. I do not include very many of the “specialized knots” of a specific activity, such as fishing, climbing, camping, fancy work, because they can be found in troves—and with their multiple variations—in well-documented books that focus on those activities.

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