The collective display of knots - designed to be wall suspended - is constructed on a piece of plywood covered in vermilion coloured cloth. The panel measures 14" sq. & the knots themselves are made using 3/16" diameter rope in contrasting cadmium green - this to enhance the maritime theme (port/starboard) - & held in place using brass eyelets with screws.
The Bowline Knot is the ultimate nautical knot; it was used extensively during the time of the tall ships to tie the bowline bridles to the cringles & allow a sail total freedom to follow the wind by maintaining slack in the bight.
The bowline was a rope used to steady the weather-edge of a sail forward when the ship was sailing close to the wind.
Bowline knots made on bights were applied where added strength was required. A sisal rope worn weak, or of slightly inferior grade, would benefit from this variation in withstanding gusts more securely & gaining endurance against the abrasion to which it would be subjected by the brass cringles owing to movement in the sail. The knot was also made for use as a temporary foothold in a rope.
The word bowline is derived from the Swedish 'bolina' - a line tied to a ship's bow - albeit the knot itself dates back to the time of the classical world.
The Reef Knot is used for tying reefs - portions of sails, folded or rolled up when the wind is violent to reduce the effective area. The knot must never be used as a bend (to tie two seperate pieces of rope together). Like the Bowline knot, the Reef knot too is of ancient provenance.
The Double Sheet Bend is used for tying together two seperate pieces of rope, which may be of equal or dissimilar girths. It is important that the bend is made in the proper way to ensure it stays secure.
The Clove Hitch is another popular, nautical knot of ancient provenance; its primary use is in belaying (to fasten a rope by winding around a strong pin on the side of a vessel or wharf). It should be noted, that this particular hitch will at times slip, spill or, with multiple turns made, bind.
The Zeppelin Bend: an overhand, interlocking technique producing an almost perfect bend when used for tying together two ropes of equal girth. Not of nautical provenance, the knot derives its name from past, frequent usage in anchoring rigid airships to docking ports. An airship would subsequently be released for flight by cutting the knot at each of the heavily loaded tethers.