I have been involved with knot tying using natural and synthetic materials for over 30 years. For the last 20 years, my hobby of knot tying has been done mainly with paracord.
Professionally, I train Army troops for combat through computer warfare simulations. I enjoy working with computers and it's an honor to support our troops.
However, outside of work two of my passions are knot tying and writing. I am really proud of myself for finally combining my passions in a way that will allow me to share knotting with others. It is my hope that I will educate and entertain this and future generations of knotting enthusiasts.
on Feb. 11, 2014 :
Review part (To the author: note mention of typo below in the part aimed at you):
I have this book on my Kindle and it is a very good book for a beginner who is just learning how to work with paracord and who wants to make their own survival bracelet. I'm very new to paracord (today) and I'm making a belt (yup! I believe in jumping in with both feet LOL - blame it on my son - he wanted a belt out of paracord and since he had some and I had done some knot work a bazillion years ago, I figured I could catch on fairly quick - not as quick as I expected - old age maybe LOL).
But I'm impressed with how the book is written with beginners in mind but 1) doesn't treat us like we're stupid and 2) is also good if you've been doing stuff like this for a little while (i.e. beginner-beginner/intermediate). Kind of like a refresher course.
So if you're interested in learning how to tie knots for jewelry, and especially paracord uses or if you've just seen people wearing the bracelets and want to make one yourself, this is what I'd call the go-to book. You'll be glad you did. And the best part?? It's free!! So you can learn - get started - find out if you even like it or not without having to spend a lot of $$ other than buying a hank of paracord. And even that you don't have to buy - just read the book and if it looks good - buy the paracord - if you don't like what you have to do, you've saved yourself $10 to $15 :)
Ok - now to what I wrote first aimed more at the author :) Since this was supposed to be a review I thought it might be a good idea to go back before I hit submit and do an actual review LOL Almost hit submit before I realized it!!
Well - I just got your book and since it was "short" I jumped right into it. First - I like your writing style - not too stilted but not too laid back either. Straightforward, concise, and to the point. I like that in a how-to booklet (although anecdotes are fun to read :) ). Typo in the "Tying The Solomon Bar" (which is as far as I've gotten so far - saw that, thought I'd let you know, not that it really matters - most people didn't even notice it probably. 3rd sentence "Before we get...." you have "stared" and, of course, it should be "started". Don't know if there's any more - not worried about it - just thought I'd let you know that and do a quick "I like" review. You can tell within the first few pages (sometimes within the first few sentences!!) if it's going to be worth the time to read - yours is. Did you get the manual published that you said you were going to at the end of 2013? This is my first post on Smashwords (I've been a "member" all of 5 mins LOL) and so I haven't really looked around yet or searched to see if your name pops up. So thought I'd just ask here.
Just as an aside - I downloaded your book in the Kindle format and it looks nice - formatting is correct which is a problem a lot of times with ebooks that are stretched amongst various formats.
Anyway - glad I found your youtube channel which is how I came across this book. Looking forward to hearing/seeing/reading more.
(review of free book)
on March 24, 2013 :
I have this book as a pdf on my phone. I enjoyed it so much I share it with others and help them to make their own survival bracelets. Keep up the good work and keep the books coming.
(review of free book)