Des Pawson MBE, is one of the world’s leading authorities on knots and sailors’ ropework. A researcher and historian on the subject, he is the author of many books and papers. Des has run for many years a successful business, making knots, with his wife Liz. Now retired Des continues to research varied aspects of the rope and canvas working trade and publish the results.
‘Rope and knots are my life and have been since I was a boy. I make things in rope, I write about knots, I teach, talk and research knots and ropework. I collect books on knots and practical rope seamanship, old sailors’ ropework, and the tools of the rope and canvas working trades. Rope inspires me.’
Des & Liz specialised in handmade decorative ropework, from bellropes to fenders, knot boards, keyrings, mats and lanyards.