International Guild of Knot Tyers

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International Guild of Knot Tyers
Founded 17 April 1982
Founder 25 Founding Members
Type Educational non-profit
Focus Knots and knotting techniques
Area served
Key people
President Antoine Leroy
Vice Prof. Vaughan Jones FRS
Vice Nigel Harding

The International Guild of Knot Tyers (or IGKT) is a world-wide association for people with an interest in knots and knot tying.

Formation & Beginning

Officially established in 1982, the founding members were initially drawn together by the 1978 publication in The Times of an allegedly new knot, the Hunter's bend.[1]The idea for a knotting association of some kind grew from the contact between two people. Des PAWSON was a retail manager for a large stationery firm based in Ipswich and also no mean knot craftsman. Geoffrey BUDWORTH was a Metropolitan Police Inspector and knotting consultant. Des first wrote to Geoff on the 8th October 1978. They met before the month was over, and if it was not mentioned then the idea of contacting other knotting enthusiasts was raised by Des in a letter dated July, 1980, when he pressed for a suitable venue and suggested The Maritime Trust. Even then, 1981 went by without further development; and this is a source of regret to them both as it was the centenary of Clifford W. Ashley's birth.


2013 Constitution

The object of the Guild shall be the advancement of education by the study of and practice of the art, craft and science of knotting, past and present. In furtherance of this object but not otherwise the Guild shall have the following powers:

  • (a) To undertake research into all aspects of knotting and to publish the useful results.
  • (b) To establish an authoritative body for consultation purposes
  • (c) To publish a periodical or periodicals and other papers and books about knotcrafts and related subjects.
  • (d) To form and maintain a library of books, papers, films, photographs and other materials about knotcrafts and related subjects, with a view to making information available to Members of the Guild, and to the general public.
  • (e) To form a collection of knots and knotting and work related crafts.
  • (f) To encourage the employment of knotcrafts as a manual activity in schools, and as a therapy among the physically handicapped

The goals of the organization are to promote research and act as a source of reference and consultation on knots and knotting, preserve traditional techniques and promote an interest in the public, among others.[2] Unlike a traditional guild no level of expertise is required for membership, only an interest in knotting.[3]

Members of the Guild assisted with revisions and corrections to The Ashley Book of Knots in 1991.[4][5]

Knotting Matters

Knotting matters is the quarterly news letter of the IGKT and is sent by post to all subscribed members. The first issue was published in Autumn 1982 and was 17 Pages long and in Black and white, edited by Hon. Secretary Geoffrey Budworth. The centennial was produced in September 2008 edited by Lindsey Philpott and was professionally printed with colour covers and was 50 pages in length. Knotting matters is made from Guild members submissions and other news from the guild.

Founding Members

The Guild dates from an inaugural meeting of 25 individuals aboard the Maritime Trust's vessel R.R.S. 'Discovery' berthed in St. Katharine's Dock in the lee of Tower Bridge London (UK) on April, 17th. 1982.Those in attendance were Dr. Harry ASHER, Mr. Roy E. BAIL, Mr. C.G. BELLINGHAM, Mr. Geoffrey BUDWORTH, Mr. John CONSTABLE, Mr. Bernard J. CUTBUSH, Mrs. Anne DEVINE, Mr. Ron W.EVANS, Mr. Sid EVANS, Mr. Eric FRANKLIN, Mr. Frank HARRIS,Mr. John HAWES, Mr. Paul HERBERT, Dr. Edward HUNTER, Miss. Jill JENNER,Mr. Albert KIRBY, Mr. Allan McDOWALL, Mr. Desmond MANDEVILLE, Mr. Graham MOTT, Mr. Des PAWSON, Mrs. Liz PAWSON, Mr. Douglas PROBERT, Mr. W. Ettrick THOMSON, Mr. Don WOODS and Mr. Quinton WINCH.

Mr. Robert CHISNALL of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and Mr. Charles H.S. THOMASON of Queensland, Australia Both expressed a wish to be involved from the outset but due to distance were unable to attend the opening meeting.

International and Local Branches

See also


  1. Budworth, Geoffrey (2002), Much Ado About Knotting: A History of the International Guild of Knot Tyers (2nd ed.), Needham Market, UK: Gipping Press, p. 5, ISBN 0-9515506-5-9<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "IGKT Homepage: Extract of the Objectives of the IGKT". International Guild of Knot Tyers. Retrieved 2012-02-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Guild Membership". International Guild of Knot Tyers. Retrieved 2012-02-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  5. Ashley, Clifford W. (1993) [1944], The Ashley Book of Knots, New York: Doubleday, p. Edition notice, ISBN 0-385-04025-3<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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