PODCAST SHOW NOTES – Episode #24
Interview – Brion Toss, owner Brion Toss Yacht Rigger
When Brion took geometry in high school he thought to himself “I’ll never use this crap”. But he soon became fascinated with knots and realized that geometry was his friend. He was super proud of his first two knots (learned from poorly drawn illustrations in an urban survival book) – the sheet bend and square knot. When he showed these knots to a good friend, the friend cracked open his 690 page Encyclopedia Of Knots And Fancy Rope Work, and Brion officially dove headfirst into the world of knots.
In Brion’s own words, he was largely “holed up in the late 60’s tying knots”. First there was the fancy-work knots, then came the maritime knots. These knots led to the wooden boat festivals, which led to sailing, which led to rigging, which led to Brion Toss Yacht Riggers!
If you want to hear some down to earth talk about splices, seizes, lashings, geometry, physics, resolution of forces, humping, hogging, and an explanation for the ditty: “worm and parcel with the lay, turn and serve the other way”, you have come to the right place! Click on the green player button above for all the details. ENJOY!
Here’s Brion at his shop (click to enlarge):
Brion’s books include (click on link for more info):
The Complete Rigger’s Apprentice: Tools and Techniques for Modern and Traditional Rigging
Chapman Knots for Boaters
Going Aloft (DVD version)
The Rigging Handbook
Thanks Brion for taking time to meet with me! Sorry I ate almost all your chocolate!!
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