Friday, May 31, 2013

Crappy decorative ropework at Gaylord Palms in Orlando

My wife (aka "Knotty Old Lady"?) won a weekend trip to Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, so we made the short trek over from Melbourne on Memorial Day weekend because we're gluttons for crowds and punishment.

If you've never been, the interior is a huge lobby atrium with shopws and restaurants, and indoor streams and plantings. In some areas, it is patterned to be like St. Augustine; in others, I think it's supposed to be like the Everglades.

Anyway, I saw many cases where it appeared there was once an attempt to have decorative ropework. I don't know if it was originally tied in a "real" knot, but today it's just a mass of coils that in some cases is nailed or bolted in place.

It was driving the OCD knot tie-r in me crazy. How freaking hard is it to tie a hitch? And don't even get me started on what I think were attempts at coxcombing some vertical  deck rails...

Anyway, the pictures are below. How much better would these look with some simple hitches, or maybe a Turk's Head if you wanted to get fancy? What about adding some coxcombing to some of the rails, like in the WIP photos I have below?

Did it used to be a clove hitch?

Tighten up those lines, guys!

What about hosting a Boy Scout troop for a day at the pool in exchange for cleaning up these knots?

Coxcomb Work-in-Progress (WIP)

All coxcombs are being tied on 1" dowels, 12" in length, with Turk's Heads at either end. Plan to frame in a shadow box for display. I've been using the Coxcomb tutorials at Frayed Knot Arts to learn.

Simple coxcomb on the right, French coxcomb on the left

Another angle for both. I am not satisfied with the French. uneven number of wraps between each half-hitch when you count them vertically. 

Turk's head on the French coxcomb

Turk's head on the simple coxcomb

Just laying them together in a carefully staged "Oh so casual" manner ;-)

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