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Monkey’s Fist Doorstop - Des Pawson


Des made this Monkey’s Fist Doorstop from well travelled Manila rope, which was used as running rigging on the Barque Picton Castle and has been round the world. 

Des Pawson MBE, is one of the world’s leading authorities on knots and sailors’ ropework and a true craftsman. A researcher and historian on the subject, he is the author of many books and papers.

The Monkey’s Fist
The Monkey’s fist is the knot found on the end of the heaving line, that light line thrown from ship to shore or ship to ship and then used to pull a heavier mooring rope or tow rope. The weight of this handsome knot helps the heaving line to travel further and more accurately.

The Monkey’s fist has a special significance to the sailor, as it is his first connection with the land and his helping friend when needing assistance.

Normally about the size of a tennis ball it may be tied in many sizes making key fobs, light pulls and door stops, all showing the sculptural form of this special knot.

Dimensions: Approx width: 17cm height, including handle 27cm

Barque Picton Castle's first world circumnavigation voyage took place from 1997 to 1999. She has since sailed around the world six more times, for a total of seven global circumnavigations. She has also visited the Great Lakes twice, sailed numerous times on tours of the East Coast of the Americas, completed a Caribbean Voyage and in 2008 sailed to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean on a Voyage of the Atlantic.

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