Art in the Nets. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl
A practical art show at the waterfront
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Everyone who encounters the shoreline in summer knows about those knotted bracelets. They have various names including Sailor's Bracelet and Turk's Head Bracelet. They are all based on the Turk's Head knot.
The Turk's Head bracelet has a basis in practicality. The decorative knot is also used to mark midships on a ship's wheel. It is where practicality and artistry meet. The art and practice are "Marlinspike Seamanship". The same comes from the marlinspike too used to ease the braid in lines and break knots.
I am one such practitioner, a Marlinspike Sailor. I have practiced ever since I can remember. My father was an old boatswain turned captain and I learned from him. A Marlinspike Sailor takes equal pride in the effectiveness and aesthetic appeal of their work.
Here in the nets along the waterfront of the Port of Galilee, we find rough examples of marlinspike work. The net leads have splices and serving as keepers. While rougher than some work, it is serviceable and useful. It is a practical art show on the waterfront.
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Keywords: Art, Art Show, Fishing Nets, Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery, Marlinspike Seamanship, Narragansett, Photography, Port of Galilee, Practical Art, Rhode Island, Splices, storytelling, Waterfront
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