Why Knot?: How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots! (Hardcover)
On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center’s twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable componentsthe guardian angels protecting his life in the sky.
After years of hands-on research, Philippe presents Why Knot?, a guide to tying his essential knots. Philippe’s own practical sketches illustrate original methods and clear, clever tying instructions. Photographs in which special knots were used during spectacular high-wire walks, quirky knot trivia, personal anecdotes, helpful tips, magic tricks, and special tying challenges ensure that, if you’re not already nuts for knots, Petit will transform you into a knot aficionado.
Praise for Why Knot?:
In reading Philippe’s book we are cogently reminded that without the ability to secure a rope, or tether a goat, or make fast the sheets of a galley, much of the civilization that we take for granted would disappear as easily as a slipknot in the hands of a Vegas conjuror.” Sting
Philippe Petit is an artist of knots: We get taken and sprung free at the same time. This is a dynamic book, eclectic, fun, and practical. From Nabokov to the World Trade Center to improvised handcuffs! Wonderful.” Colum McCann
Read this book and pop it in your pocket. . . . One day it may save your life!” Melissa Leo
This is not your normal book for Boy Scouts. This is for those with a sense of poetrythe poetry and the mystery of the Bowline in the Bight, the Highwayman’s Hitch, and the Monkey’s Fistrevealed to us by a man whose life depends on ropes and knots.” Werner Herzog
Petit’s distinct and deeply insightful philosophy through the guise of mere knots forever binds us to surprising new joys.” Elizabeth Streb
The book describes, among other things, the kind of knots that held fast when was high up without a netthe locked constrictor’ he used at the trade center, the farmer’s loop’ he fastened to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia in 1973, the jug sling’ he cast before he walked between Avery Fisher Hall and what was then the New York State Theater in Lincoln Center in 1987.” The New York Times
Petit’s illustrated guide to some of his favorites, like the slipped clove hitch he used to anchor the wire on which he walked across New York’s Grand Central Terminal . [He] carried a length of rope in his pocket in order to perform tricks at a moment’s notice. The book comes equipped with a section of cord so readers can do the same.” WIRED
In explaining the purpose and creation of knots, Mr. Petit earns perfect marks. Thanks to those flawless drawings, I relearned the bowline in record time.” Wall Street Journal
Petit, who knows how to tie 200 knots and has a knot library of 200 volumes, is a poetic and passionate instructor.” Boston Globe
His newest book celebrates the unsung heroes of his work: knots. This beautifully packaged hardcover comes complete with a practice rope coiled in the title’s O.” Mental Floss