Knotting is known to be an important survival skill and has been practiced since ancient times. There are various types of knots, each with their own specific purposes. These have evolved over time as human beings have found more and more utilities of knotting in their day to day lives.
In this article, we talk about a knot known as the Timber Hitch Knot. Read on further to know more about its history, uses, what it’s good for, and how to tie the knot step-by-step. There is a video with the instructions as well at the bottom if you prefer that.
The Timber hitch is one of the oldest knots that is known to have chronicled in a nautical source in 1625AD and illustrated as early as 1762 AD. The Timber hitch is used to attach a single rope or cord to a cylindrical object like a post or mast. Its original use was in handling cargo and that still remains in practice.
One of the main advantages of this knot is that it is very easy to tie and untie, even under a heavy load. This is because the knot is held secure by tension in the rope or cord and once that loosens, the knot can be untied easily. Another thing about this knot is that it does not slip or get jammed usually.
The Timber Hitch is also known as the Bowyer’s Knot because it is used to attach the end of the string in an English LongBow.
If you want to know what is the timber hitch knot used for, this section will help you. Here are some of the most popular ways to use the Timber Hitch knot in modern times.
As the name suggests, this knot is used in lumbering. Lumbermen use this knot to tie ropes to tree trunks, branches or logs of wood. Also, this knot is one of the few that can be tied to a chain. Hence it is also used by lumbermen to secure chains where the strength of a rope alone is not sufficient.
2) Sea Survival
It is also used in the sea, especially for lugging cargo and lumber through the water. Sailors often use the timber hitch knot along with a half hitch to make it more secure. This resulting knot is known as a Killick hitch.
As mentioned before, the timber hitch knot is also used to tie the bowstring to the ends of an English Longbow.
4) For Music
Another place where this knot is used is in the string musical instrument – ukelele. Here the strings are attached to the bridge of ukelele using this knot type.
Here’s how to tie the knot. Follow the below steps below along with the video that’s below if the visual would help you:
- Wrap your rope or cord around the cylindrical support.
- Pass the working end of the rope around the standing part.
- Pull the working end to the left, passing below the loop formed in step number 2.
- Turn around the rope two more times.
- Pull the edges in the opposing directions to secure the knot.
- To make it extra safe, you can add a half hitch knot to hold the timber hitch in place.
Here’s a video tutorial.
If this knot guide helped you, check out this post on the best survival knots. Also, here are a couple of useful knots that are used often in the outdoor world.