Monkeys fist has closed down. There is a vegan restaurant opening soon in its place. Sad to see the flat go.
In Brixton Windmill, at the end of the rope banisters, you may have noticed some decorative knotted balls. The knot, often containing an extra weight, would be tied at one end of the line, and the other end would be tied to the heavier cable. The weighted knot enabled the line to be thrown further, so the cable attached to the other end could then be pulled over.
The monkey's fist or monkey's paw, depending on who you ask has long been used as a weight on the free end of a heaving line, which is a lightweight rope thrown between a ship and the dock, used to easily draw a heavier line to the right spot. It's far easier to toss a light line that's tied to a heavy duty line and then pull the heavy line over, right? The monkey's fist makes it easy to toss the heaving line exactly where you want it to go.
The main purpose of the knot is to serve as a weight at the end of a rope. It can be thrown simply that way. It is very easy to conceal and use it as a weapon to slow down your attacker. It originated as a heaving line knot on sailing ships of yesteryear.
Monkey fist knots may look complicated, but our simple instructions make them easy to create. The steps here show you how HGTV Magazine editors made small decorative knots to add to the bottom of a rope-wrapped chandelier. Our DIY pros also used this technique to create a nautical-style lamp base.
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This knot is used to tie the end of a climbing rope into a tight ball so the rope can be thrown. When a rope is coiled it is difficult to throw long distances because the coils of the rope catch the wind. With the monkey's fist knot tied to the end of a small coil, it can be thrown much further.
Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. Start by tying the tips of the two cords together with an Overhand Knot. Tighten the knot until firm.
The monkey fist is a type of knot that can be used as a decorative knot or as a weight at the end of a rope. Getting the hang of successfully tying the monkey knot comes with practice and patience. Go slowly and stay patient.