Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding

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This encyclopedia by Bruce Grant is the result of a lifetime's active study by America's foremost authority. It is an essential book for anyone interested in braiding, leatherwork, or life in the old West. It is the standard authority on knots. Hardback. 528 pp.

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This encyclopedia by Bruce Grant is the result of a lifetime's active study by America's foremost authority. It is an essential book for anyone interested in braiding, leatherwork, or life in the old West. It is the standard authority on knots. Hardback. 528 pp.

Sales of books are final. No returns or exchanges allowed.

  • Table of Contents
    Foreword xvii
    The Romance of Leather Braiding xix
    Rawhiding in the Old West xxv
    Making and Working Rawhide; Leather-braiding Tools
    Making and Working Rawhide 1
    Cutting Rawhide in the Argentine 13
    Leather-braiding Tools 20
    Thong Cutting 22
    Twist Braids
    Twist Braids 26
    Round Braid of Two Thongs of Trick Twist 26
    Attaching a Honda to a One-string Twist Lasso 30
    Double Twist 30
    Twist of Two Strings 30
    Twist of Three Strings 30
    Building a Twist-Braid Reata 30
    Simulated Four-String Round Braid 34
    The Fish-scale Braid 36
    Combination Handle Covering 36
    Making a Rock Paperweight 40
    Stone or Gem 40
    Fish-scale Braid Belt 40
    The Conquistador Braid 42
    Multiple-string Conquistador Braid 44
    How to Make Braided Twist-Loop Reins 46
    Slit Braids
    Slit Braids 50
    Three-Part Inside Trick Braid 52
    Five-Part Inside Trick Braid 54
    Interweaving the Three-Part Inside Braid 56
    A simulated Four-Part Inside Braid 56
    Six-String Inside Braid 56
    Interweaving the Slit Braid 60
    Heart-Shaped Headstall Front Piece 60
    Four-String Slit Braid 60
    Curlicues or Mo¤itos 60
    Braided Gaucho Belt Fastener 62
    How to Make a Link Belt 64
    How to Make a Link Breast Collar 66
    How to Make a Slit-Braid Hackamore Headstall 68
    How to Make a Slit-Braid Headstall 72
    How to Make a Braided Cincha 74
    How to Make a Braided Cincha (Cont.) 77
    How to Make a Braided Cincha (Cont.) 78
    How to Make a Slit-Braid Handbag 80
    Flat Braids
    Two-Thong Flat Braid 84
    Three-Thong Hair Braid 86
    Four-Thong Braid 86
    Five-Thong Braids 88
    Six-Thong Braids 90
    Six-Thong Double Braid 92
    Seven-Thong Braid 92
    Nine-Thong Braid 92
    Variation of Five-Thong Flat Braid 94
    Variation of Seven-Thong Flat Braid 94
    Variation of Nine-Thong Flat Braid 94
    Lazy-man Braid of Six Thongs 96
    Lazy-Man Braid of Eight Thongs 96
    Lazy-Man Braid of Ten Thongs 96
    Alternate Seven-Thong Braid 98
    Alternate Nine-Thong Braid 98
    How to Make an Australian Type Belt 100
    How to Make a Braided Belt 102
    How to Make a Cinch Ring Belt 102
    How to Make a Belt with Its Own Keeper 102
    Round Braids
    Round Braid of Four Thongs 106
    Turk?s-head Terminal for Round Braid 108
    Round Braid of Six Thongs 110
    Herringbone Braid of Eight Thongs 112
    Back Braid of Six Thongs 114
    Back Braid of Eight Thongs 116
    Eith-String Round Gaucho Braid 118
    Twelve-String Round Gaucho Braid 118
    Round Braid of Twelve Thongs 120
    How to Make a Rawhide Bosal; The Core 122
    Eight-String Square Braid over Core 124
    Eight-String Square Braid Without Core 126
    The Nose Button 128
    The Side Button 132
    The Heel Knot 134
    The Heel Knot (Cont.) 136
    How to Make a Braided Hackamore Headstall 138
    How to Make a Braided Bridle Headstall 140
    Rigging the Hackamore 144
    That ?Ole? Fiador Knot 146
    The Hackamore Reins and Lead-Rope Knot 148
    How to Make a Pair of Braided Reins 150
    How to Secure Rein Knots 154
    The Short Cowboy Knot-Gaucho Weave 156
    How to Make the Santa I¤es 158
    How to Make a Braided Ear-Head-Pl. 61 160
    Method of Building an Ear-Head from 11-Foot Braided Rope-Pl. 62 162
    How to Make Headstall of One Braid 162
    How to Make a Braided Romal-Pl. 63 164
    How to Make the Cowboy Button Knot-Pl. 64 166
    How to Make a Braided Lash for the Romal-Pl. 65 169
    How to Make a Braided Curb-Strap 172
    How to Make a Running Martingale 174
    How to Make a Standing Martingale 174
    How to Make a Multiple-Ring Button 176
    How to Make a Ski-Pole Basket 176
    Uses of the Ring Button 178
    How to make a Braided Quirt 180
    Another Braided Quirt 184
    How to Make a Mexican Quirt 186
    How to Make a Mexican Quirt (Cont.) 188
    How to make a Bullwhip 190
    The Aztec Button for the Bullwhip 194
    How to Make the Tamale 196
    How to Build a Reata or Rawhide Rope 198
    How to Make a San Juan Honda 200
    How to Tie the Reata to the Honda 206
    The Saddle-Horn Tie Knot 208
    How to Make a Mexican Swivel Honda 210
    How to Make a Mexican Swivel Honda (Cont.) 212
    How to Make a Second Type of Mexican Swivel Honda 214
    How to Make a Third Type of Mexican Swivel Honda 216
    How to make a Braided Riding Crop 218
    The Lone Star Braid 220
    How to Make the Lone Star Knot 222
    How to Make a Riding Crop with the Lazy-Man Braid 224
    Crocodile Ridge Braids
    The Crocodile Ridge Braid 230
    Double-Center Crocodile Ridge Braid 232
    Half-Round Center Crocodile Ridge Braid 234
    Crocodile Ridge Braided Belt with Round Center 236
    Crocodile Ridge Braid of Two Outer Half-Round Ridges 236
    Crocodile Ridge Braid of Three Ridges 238
    Crocodile Ridge Braid Finished on Both Sides 238
    Crocodile Ridge Button 240
    Crocodile Ridge Braid Handle Covering 240
    Crocodile Braid Button No. 2 242
    Crocodile Ridge Round Braid of One Ridge 244
    Crocodile Ridge Braid Reins 246
    Crocodile Ridge Appliqu‚ Braid 246
    Mousing a Braided Ring with the Conquistador Braid 248
    How to Make Crocodile Ridge Braid Hobbles 250
    Square, Rectangular, Spiral, Twist Spiral, Oval and Triangular Braids
    Square Braid of Four Thongs 254
    Rectangular Braid of Six Thongs 256
    Spiral Braid 258
    Spiral Twist Braid 258
    Square Braid of Eight Thongs 260
    Thirteen-Thong Braid 262
    Flat Braid of Twenty-one Thongs 262
    Double Braid with the Crocodile Ridge 264
    Oval Braid of nine Strings or thongs 266
    Half-Round Braid of Six Strings or Thongs 268
    Triangular Braid of Twelve Strings 268
    Buttons
    Roll Button 272
    Two-Thong Turk?s-head Button 274
    Three-Thong Turk?s-Head Button 274
    Chinese Button Knot 276
    Diamond Button Knot 276
    Round Button of Four Thongs 278
    Gaucho Knot Button 280
    Eight-Thong Round Button 282
    Gaucho Knot Button of Eight Thongs 282
    Herringbone Button of Eight Thongs 282
    Square Button of Four Thongs 284
    Edge-Braiding
    Spanish Edge-Lacing of One Loop 288
    Splicing 290
    Joining 290
    Spanish Edge-Lacing of Two Loops 292
    Joining Spanish Edge-Lacing of Two Loops 292
    Spanish Edge-Lacing of Three Loops 294
    Two-Tone Spanish Edge-Lacing of One Loop 294
    Round Braid Edge-Lacing 296
    Round Braid Edge-Lacing (Second Method) 298
    Round Braid Edge-Lacing (Third Method) 298
    Eight0String Round Edge0Braiding 300
    Eight-String Round Edge-Braiding (Second Method) 302
    Use of Spanish Edge-Lacing in Attaching Pockets and Flaps 304
    Staggered Slits 304
    Miscellaneous Edge-Lacings 304
    Gaucho Edge-Braiding of One String 306
    Gaucho Edge-Braiding of Three Strings 308
    Buckle and Ring Coverings
    Spanish Type Buckle Covering of One Loop 312
    Spanish Type Buckle Covering of Two Loops 314
    Spanish Type Buckle Covering of Three Loops 316
    Two-Tone Spanish Type Buckle Covering 318
    Four-Thong Round-Braid Buckle Covering 318
    Eight-String Round Buckle Covering 318
    Half-Hitch Ring Covering 320
    Cockscomb Ring Covering 320
    Other Braided Coverings
    T-Knot for Covering Leather Holding of a Ring 321
    How to Cover Square and Rectangular Objects 322
    How to Cover a Pair of Stirrups with the Conquistador Braid 322
    Slit-Leather Handle Covering of One Thong 326
    Spanish Hitchings 328
    Zig-Zag Braid 328
    Handle Coverings
    Mosaic-Type Braids 332
    Horizontal Braid 332
    Hitching 332
    Four-Thong Twist Braid Covering 334
    Six-Thong Multiple Braid 336
    Multiple-Braid Top and Core Covering 338
    How to Make the Corncob Braid 340
    The Corredor Cordobes 342
    Fid Work 342
    Hobbles
    How to Make Simple Types of Hobbles 346
    How to Make a Pair of Braided Gaucho Hobbles 348
    How to Make a Pair of Braided Hobbles 350
    Turk's-heads
    Braided Paper Turk's-head 354
    One-Part One0Bight Turk's-head 356
    Four-Part Three-Bight Turk's-head 356
    Three-Part Two-Bight Turk's-head 356
    Five-Part Four-Bight Turk's-head 356
    Long Three-Part Turk's-head 356
    Four-Part Three-Bight Turk's-head 358
    Gaucho Knot of One Pass 360
    Three-Part Five-Bight Turk's-head 362
    Five-Part Four-Bight Turk's-head (Another View) 364
    Labyrinth Method of Making a Five-Part Four-Bight Turk's-head 366
    Sliding Knot or Five-Part Two-Bight Turk's-head 368
    Five-Part Three-Bight Turk's-head 370
    Six-Part Five-Bight Turk's-head Raised from a Four-Part Three-Bight Turk's-head 372
    Seven-Part Six-Bight Turk's-head Raised from a Five-Part Four-Bight Turk's-head 374
    Two-Bight Turk's-head of Any Length 376
    Long Three-Bight Turk's-head 378
    Two-Part Three-Bight Turk's-head 380
    Five-Part Nine-Bight Turk's-head Raised from a Three-Part Five-Bight Turk's-head 382
    Nine-Part Four-Bight Turk's-head 384
    Braided Knots
    Braided Knot with Turk's-head Foundation 386
    Braided Knot with Turk's-head Foundation (cont.) 388
    The Spanish Ring Knot 390
    Spanish Ring Knot of Three Passes 392
    Ring Knot of Four Passes 394
    Gaucho Knot of Two Passes 396
    Gaucho Knot of Three Passes 398
    Gaucho Knot of Three Passes (cont.) 400
    Gaucho Knot Worked on a Turk's-head 402
    Double Gaucho Knot of Two Passes 404
    Double Gaucho Knot of Two Passes (cont.) 406
    Double Gaucho Knot of Three Passes 408
    Headhunter?s Knot of Two Passes 410
    Headhunter?s Knot of Three Passes 412
    Herringbone Knot 414
    Herringbone Knot (cont.) 416
    The Bruce Knot 418
    The Catharine Knot 418
    Pineapple or Gaucho Button Knot 420
    Pineapple or Gaucho Button Knot 422
    The Flores Button Knot 424
    The Small Fan Knot or Bot¢n Oriental 426
    The Ginfer Knot 428
    Three-Section Fan Knot or Bot¢n Oriental 430
    The Perfect Pineapple Knot 432
    Lazy-Man Button and Pampas Button Knots
    The Lazy-Man Button 434
    The Colima Lazy-Man Button 436
    The Small Pampas Button Knot 437
    The Pampas Button 438
    The Braiding Detective
    Duplicating Strange Braids and Creating New Ones 440
    Braided Appliques
    Stairstep Appliqueof One Thong 444
    Stairstep Applique with Similar Braid on Both Ends 446
    Four-Part Applique Same on Both Sides, Made with One String 446
    Five-Part Applique Same on Both Sides, Made with Two Strings 446
    Two-Thong Four-part Applique 448
    Stairstep Applique of Two Thongs 450
    Chain Applique of One Thong 452
    Split-Thong Applique 452
    Split-Thong Applique of Two Thongs 452
    Hair-Braid Applique of Two Thongs 454
    ?S? Type Applique of One Thong 456
    Applique of Three Thongs 458
    Applique of Five Thongs 460
    Five-Thong Circular Applique 462
    The Zig-Zag Applique 454
    Making and Decorating a Belt Buckle 468
    Star Applique of One Thong 470
    Chevron and Diamond Applique 470
    The Mosaic Applique 470
    Saddle Decoration0 Applique Braids 472
    Lone Star Knot Applique 474
    Braid on Braid
    Mosaic Type Braid on a Three-Part Five-Bight Turk's-head 478
    Joining Two Turk's-heads with the 'S' Braid 478
    Braid on the Aztec Button Knot 478
    Five-Part Applique on a Nine-Part Eight-Bight Knot 478
    Mosaic Type Applique on an Eight-String Flat Braid 478
    Appliqueon Ginfer Knot 480
    The Butterfly Knot 480
    Applique on a Crocodile Ridge Braid 480
    Additional Projects and Examples
    How to Make'Quick-Draw' Galluses 484
    How to Make a Rawhide-Covered Suitcase 488
    Making a Woven Rawhide Chair Seat 492
    Covering Boleadoras 496
    Covering a Lamp Base 498
    An Exercise in Braiding 499
    A Curiosity in Braiding 508
    Twisted Hobbles 509
    Glossary 513
    Rawhide and Leather Braiders' Bibliography 521
    Sources of Rawhide and Leather Supplies 523
    Index 525

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