Book - The Complete Rigger's Apprentice by Brion Toss
Tools and Techniques for Modern and Traditional Rigging
A Review of The Riggers Apprentice ...Combining and updating the renowned Rigger's Apprentice and Rigger's Locker, The Riggers Apprentice meets the changing face of modern materials and technology while remaining true to rigging's best traditional principles and practices. It's much more than a knot book, though the knots a sailor needs are all here. The Complete Riggers Apprentice is a book for sailors who want the satisfaction and hard-cash savings of stepping their own masts, inspecting and maintaining their own rigs, and turning up their own tailsplices and wire eyesplices. It is for boat owners who want to replace an entire gang of rigging themselves--measuring, choosing appropriate wire, making soft eyes, leathering, and serving. It is for bluewater voyagers who want to feel secure in the knowledge that, should a shroud carry away far at sea, they will be able to repair it.
The Complete Rigger's Apprentice is also a free-roaming collection of useful ideas and tips on everything from supplementing winches with block and tackle, to rigging snubbers at anchor, to using pantyhose for an emergency fanbelt. In short, it's the definitive book on the art of rigging, written by its most entertaining practitioner.
Hardcover pp 392
Book - Basic Braided Splices - Book 5 of the Working Rope Field Guides by Brion Toss
Here is your key to demystifying Braided Rope Splicing.
In this volume of the Working Rope series, Brion Toss and Margie McDonald bring to you the distilled results of decades of experience with thousands of splices.
Here are the tips, techniques, and shortcuts that professionals use, along with valuable information on the characteristics of each type of rope you’ll be splicing.
There are no confusing ‘fid lengths’ here, just dimensions based on rope diameter, or on marks braided into the rope at the factory. And the purpose or every mark is explained, so you can comprehend each splice, from start to finish.
You’ll find instructions for splicing conventional ropes, like Dacron and Nylon. But this volume also covers splices for the new High-Modulus lines like Spectra and Vectran. There are even instructions for making High-Modulus rope grommets.
Make no mistake, splicing is still an art, requiring patience and dedication on the part of the splicer. But with these instructions, you’ll be taking a giant step towards mastering braided rope splicing.
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PS - Bonus Splice on page 78 of - Naked High Modulous Eyesplice. We forgot to list it in the Table of Contents...
Great splice for running and standing rigging, life lines, slings, outhauls and more...Properly done, this splice will approach 100% efficiency in strength and security.
Book - Knots for Boaters by Brion Toss
TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK - "A Chapman`s Nautical Guide by Brion Toss. There are a lot of knot books around, but this is the only one that focuses on those knots, new & old, which are most useful in contemporary life; takes the nature of synthetic line into account (many once useful knots just won't work under high loads in slick line); and shows knots in ways that are designed to be easy to learn and remember.
Still a very good source - with all of the following and more: Basic Knots, Fancy Knots, Working Knots, Belays and 3 strand splicing.
Soft cover. pp 192."
Book - Sailmaker's Apprentice
A guide for the self-reliant sailor.
The best and most comprehensive book on sailmaking and sail repair to be published in a long time.
The author describes the basics of traditional sailmaking artfully, lavishly, even passionately.
Book - Ditty Bag Book
Brion loves this book..."you need something to carry those small tools in - so put your fancy work skills to work and make one".
Complete, step-by-step instructions for making a ditty bag - from cutting material to size to decorative touches - and emphasizes the proper maintenance of rigging and sails using the items stowed in the ditty bag.
Also advice on all aspect of sail upkeep and repair, including
Falling - Brion's new book in print
Brion's New Book - in print.
“FALLING” is a sobering, amusing, and often poetic meditation on the wonders and risks of working aloft.
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