Meeting Minutes - Andy Curtis: Knots - A Talk and Demonstration - July 12th. 2018
This meeting was held in the Trinity United Church sanctuary and began at 9:57 am chaired by President Martin Alderwick. There were 32 members in attendance with one visiting guest, Paul Reeve who is Bob Reeve’s nephew and he is visiting from England. For openers, President Martin provided some overhead brain teasers based on visual word puzzles.
Announcement Board – David Wallace A volunteer is needed to look after and revise the Club Announcement white board for the month of August when David will be away. Please volunteer.
Activities – Ray Biffis Regarding the Night at the Races in Elora on September 24th, it will be open to members and spouses only until the first meeting in August at which point it will be open to additional guests up to a total of 40 people; Regarding the Grand River Boat Cruise on September 19th it is open to members and spouses until August at which time it will be open to bringing additional guests up to total of 60 people maximum.
Coffee Club – Andy Curtis The coffee club meets every other Thursday at 10:00 am at either the Boathouse or the Airpark Café. Everyone is welcome.
Julian Sale introduced Andy Curtis as today’s presenter. Andy stepped forward to fill today’s spot for a presentation after two other presenters declined following initially agreeing to present. Andy will talk about knots: This will be a talk and demonstration of knots filled with stories and anecdotes about knots.
Andy Curtis identifies himself as a cowboy. Andy graduated with a B.A.Sc. and then went on to certify as a Lab Animal Technician and then worked for the University of Guelph in the large animal area. He looked after the milking of the cows and delivered over 1000 calves during his tenure.
Andy Curtis on “Knots” Andy started his talk by saying that knots were actually used by people in the Stone Age when they were used to tie stones and pointed sticks to be use as a weapons to kill animals for food. Today most people know how to tie some kind of knot for such simple things as tying one’s shoes. The most common knots used are reef knots (also called a square knot) or granny knots. Andy demonstrated how to tie these knots and he informed us of the common uses of these knots. The advantages of a reef knot is it will not slip whereas the granny knot could slip.
Some people or professions who need to know how to tie knots are sailors, firemen, fishermen, mountain climbers, and cowboys.
There are only two types of knots that someone who is a climber needs to know. One is bowline and the other is the “circle of eight” also called a stopper-knot. There are several different variations of stopper knots. Stopper knots are significantly thicker than other types of knots. Andy provided a bit of history about knots and English sailors. Sailors on ships several centuries ago saved all the old used ropes and knots that they were not using in a pile in the corner of their ship and this was simply called “junk.” From this “junk” they would be able to find an old disused knot and by cutting the loose end of the rope shortly before the knot and by teasing out the fibers they could make a brush or broom for sweeping purposes. He also demonstrated how to thread or tape the loose end of a rope to keep it from fraying. With more recent nylon or polypropylene ropes they can be torched or burned to melt the fraying ends and keep them from further fraying.
Andy passed out some pieces of thick cord for members to practice tying some of the knots he demonstrated.
Another useful knot he demonstrated was a slip-knot. The last knot Andy talked about was the “hangman’s knot.” He explained how and why this knot was tied as it is.
Andy fielded a few questions after his demonstrations.
Following Andy’s presentation on how to tie knots, Martin Alderwick thanked Andy and Julian Sale gave him a token of appreciation from the Club.
Next Meeting – Thurs. July 26th. – with speaker from Brother's Brewery Guelph talking about micro-breweries as well as the history of Petrie building where they are located.