(Falling squarely into the ‘harmless diversions’ category of MPSIMS)
My son was bored today, and so I introduced him to a diversion that I’d been taught a long time ago. I do not know what the tool is called, nor what the resulting string-art thing is called (if it has a name). Can someone help me better identify it?
The tool is constructed as follows:
- Take a piece of wood small enough to hold in one hand and drill a hole through it. The shape of the wood doesn’t matter.
- Hammer in four (or more) nails, spaced equidistantly around the hole, all the way through so the sharp points poke out at least 1/2 to 3/4 inch on the opposite side.
- Turn it over, so the nails point up. You’re done.
You use it by dropping string through the hole, then looping it in turn around each nail. Follow this with another loop in the same direction on the first nail, then use a free nail to ‘pick’ the bottom loop over the top one and over the top of the nail; tug on the protruding end to tighten the knot. Repeat in order over each nail, circling the hole.
After a surprisingly short while, you end up with a tube of woven string dangling from the bottom of the hole. If weaved tight, it makes decent rope, and of course it’s fun for all sorts of decorative stuff.
My boy had some fun with this (he’s still working at it, in fact; he says he wants to make the longest rope in the world), but he came up with a question I couldn’t answer: “Daddy, what’s this called?”
I don’t know what this craft – if indeed it is one – is called. Anyone have a clue?