Knots at Work by Jeff Jepson




Knots at Work: A Field Guide for the Modern Arborist is a 184 page guide to the tying, use, and history of over fifty knots commonly used in tree work. This book by the author of the Tree Climber's Companion and To Fell a Tree is richly illustrated with clear drawings and diagrams by Bryan Kotwica, making the tying of the knots and uses clear and easy to see. In addition to knot-tying examples, the book is filled with history, commentary, and application advice.

Knots at Work is presented in compact 4.5” x 8” format, making it easy to take in the field where it will be most useful.

184 pages, softbound, over 200 illustrations.

From the back cover:

“No one ties knots more frequently and of such variety than those who work in the tree care profession.”

“In a profession as potentially dangerous as this, only knots that are correctly tied and aptly applied every time will do. Anything less is likely to lead to a short career.”

The reasons given above are why Knots at Work was written. With over 50 arborist knots presented, both aspects of knot knowledge are given equal time - knot construction (tying the knot) and knot application (using the knots). This information can be quickly grasped from the lavishly illustrated pages and the easy-to-read text. The unique cross-reference format makes it easy to navigate through the book, and its compact size will encourage its use out in the field where it's needed most.

Jeff Jepson is a certified arborist and he has owned Beaver Tree Service in Longville, Minneosta, since 1989. He has written two important books for the tree care profession, including the bes seller, The Tree Climber's Companion and To Fell a Tree. Knots at Work is his third book.

Bryan Kotwica has been illustrating books, magazines, and catalogs for the tree care industry for over 25 years. He has also been a professional tree worker and certified arborist for just as long, which makes himn the perfect illustrator for books such as this.

  • 50 knots
  • 200 illustrations
  • Compact
  • Cross-referenced

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11/7/2023 11:36 pm

Knots for every occasion

by Samantha

If you really like to learn knots, this book is for you. Well written and illustrated. It is easy to follow. It is also one I like to keep in my gear bag.