Campbell Riverites have been trying their hand at knot tying at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre.
Instructor Ruedi Pletscher’s knot tying course has been popular, selling out each week so far.
“Since ancient times knots have fascinated people for their practical uses and aesthetic appeal. Knot tying is an essential skill for mariners, and an art form that is practiced throughout the world,” a Facebook event listing from the centre says.
The three workshops, held on Jan. 21, 28 and one happening on Feb. 4, are covering knot tying basics, Turkish Head knots and terminal knots.
“There’s nothing easy about it,” said participant Dave Lawrence on Jan. 28.
Pletscher says he has been tying knots and teaching people “for as long as I remember.”
The Facebook event calls him a “master at knot tying.”
It is “a skill that he has honed since his childhood. He has worked on sailboats and to this day drives boats. He has a keen interest in historic boats and the specialized skills of the people who sailed them.”
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