View Full Version : Sea Chest Beckets (photos)

11-13-2002, 03:19 PM
I just ran across this site. http://www.igkt.net/galleries/beckets.html

I've built a few seachests and beckets, and the time required is in the neighborhood of 40 hours for each beckett(!). But then, I'm fussy.

[ 11-14-2002, 09:45 PM: Message edited by: Hughman ]

11-13-2002, 03:24 PM

Any knotwrights on the forum? Got photos?

Ian G Wright
11-13-2002, 03:56 PM
A member of the IGKT here, no photos though, all my fancy work is on the boat.
40 hours per becket? Your line's too fine, you're doing it the dark, or you took too many pills,,,,,, ;) Nice becket though, nice chest too. smile.gif


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Ian McColgin
11-13-2002, 03:59 PM
Ian the Right - Hugh is another who might qualify for the ants on his flag.

11-13-2002, 04:07 PM
There is a wonderful old gentleman in Lunenburg who has done marlingspike ropework as a hobby for about half-a-century now. I visited him a while back and took these photos of some of his recent efforts:



Gary Bergman
11-13-2002, 05:28 PM
Sh*t! Da Kind! just gorgeous.

capt jake
11-13-2002, 05:35 PM
Always amazed at this stuff! smile.gif smile.gif

I have Hervey Garrett Smith's book and have been playing with the rope mats that he shows. Anybody know how to take what he has shown and make a larger one (ie, add another run around it)?
He calls it the 'Ocean Plat Knot'.

Neat stuff! smile.gif

11-13-2002, 05:53 PM
Somehow some of this stuff just don't look wright...hey?

Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-13-2002, 06:59 PM
That's incredible work

11-13-2002, 08:39 PM

I found some slightly more ornate chests: http://www.shibui.com/Products/tansu/sea.html

[ 11-13-2002, 08:42 PM: Message edited by: Meerkat ]

11-13-2002, 09:18 PM
Originally posted by Ian McColgin:
Ian the Right - Hugh is another who might qualify for the ants on his flag.Wha ..?

Ian G Wright
11-14-2002, 05:59 AM
Originally posted by Meerkat:

]International Guild of Knot Tyers,
a world wide group of string twiddling obsesives, and yes, including me,,,,,,,


Mike Field
11-14-2002, 06:11 AM
Capt Jake -- just lay it out bigger and looser to start with, then keep following round. If you're using 3" (circ) line, probably three turns would be enough, four if the line's a bit smaller.

The trick is, once you've got all the turns in, to keep working it up tight by following round and round, gaining a little bit here and a little bit there, like you would with a turk's head. You'd probably have to go round the whole mat at least three times (and there's miles of it. :D )

Ian McColgin
11-14-2002, 09:51 AM
The ant bit:
A sailmaker I have worked for is notoriously meticulous, beyond anal retentive. He and his wife bought a new (to them) boat from a dutch couple who had lived aboard for a couple of decades. The Dutchman is a boatwright of the highest order. And kindred spirits recognise each other.

As the deal fell into place and the dutchman was getting increasinly sentimental but also falling in love with the idea that his boat was going to a right place, and filled with good dutch gin, he leaned over and said:

"You know, in Holland there is a name for men like you and me."

"Oh? What?"

"They call us and f#*&@#s."

So on the Kedgers' Club flag for those folk we embroider a pair of copulating ants.

Ed Harrow
11-14-2002, 12:38 PM
Beauty. I made the bell pull for our back-door bell while I was doing a lot of flying. Suppose they'd let one bring such a project on now? I also remember I guy doing free-hand embroidery - I saw him two or three times. White tablecloths with black embroidery. Beautiful stuff.

11-14-2002, 09:43 PM
Ian, I'm afraid my life is too chaotic to earn the order of the ants- I have three young kids in the house.

I got the Dutch guy, though. I spent a year on a Dutch flag schooner :eek:


Here's a quickie becket- served and leathered grommet, finished with a baseball stitch.

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Ian G Wright
11-16-2002, 03:46 PM
Originally posted by Hughman:


.Terrific! Art you can use.


11-16-2002, 04:23 PM



Here are some (new) seachest details.

09-10-2003, 08:32 PM
A friend found these at the dump - attached to a chest full of rotten apples. The grip is a sennit of muslin covered strands! I wish MY dump..(excuse me, transfer station) had as good a pickin's!

09-10-2003, 08:35 PM
Here's a nice old beckett at a local historic society.


Hugh Paterson
09-11-2003, 06:23 AM
Ian whats the current address for the Sec of the IGKT, I dabble now and then, (bellropes for pubs and sailing clubs) though not as much as I used to do.

09-11-2003, 11:52 AM
lotsa nice work......since I izz grounded fer awhile I done dugg out HGSs' book and assembled all the stuff I has been collecting fer a coupla years and have started making a small sea chest for my granddaughter and some rope fenders fer me.....