The IGKT-NAB will have a meeting in Springfield IL, Oct 11th and 12th at the Ramada Springfield North, 3281 Northfield Drive, I-55 exit 100/Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62702-1400.
At this time we have three classes set up. Bottle covering (half hitched and square knot), taught by Pat Glisson and John DeWilde, morning session. Get Back Whip, taught by Seth Elberger, early afternoon and Knotted Frames taught by Patrick Spiering late afternoon(check out his article in the latest Knotting Matters). New classes may be added depending on interest and available instructors.
We have a meeting room available on Friday evening for checking in and socializing. Classes will be held in the same room on Saturday, if you attended the meeting last year, the room is a bit bigger and is rated for 48 people. Attendees will need to arrange their own eating arrangements. The hotel provides a free hot breakfast for guests staying at the hotel and there are several restaurants near by. We have the room through Saturday night so there will be more socializing and knot tying. Oh, and a IGKT-NAB Board of Directors meeting also. There are no events scheduled for Sunday.
Registration is $10 if you are taking a class, waved if you are instructing a class. Payment can be sent to:
623 7th St.
Lincoln, IL 65656
Any questions can be sent to him at StarKnots@comcast.net. Please put "Springfield" in the subject line.
Material needed for classes:
BYOB (I couldn't resist). There will also be some bottles available. Covering a bottle takes several hours and you shouldn't expect to complete the project. Also you should bring your own cord but some will be available.
Get Back Whip:
A Get Back Whip is usually made with paracord or leather, about 2 feet long with a quick snap on the end that clips on to the handlebars of a motorcycle. It is said that the motion of it "whipping" in the breeze is a way of getting car drivers attention. It can also be modified as a horse lead. The techniques learned will help you along on making a longer whip.
Here's a list of items needed that Seth sent.
Panic snap (Seth will have these available for sale), Electrical cord 2 feet (This will be supplied), Electrical tape (supplied), Para cord 100 feet (50 per color), Para cord guts 2 - 5 feet
Lighter (butane preferred but any type will do), Scissors, Tape measure, Perma loc needle / para cord lacing needle, Pliers (optional round nose or needle nose)
If you have a vise or clamp that can be used without damaging the hotel's table, please bring them.
You should be able to complete your whip at the meeting. If you don't have all the listed tools, I'm sure someone will let you borrow theirs. If you want to "Be Prepared", here's a list of knots used in the whip.
4 strand flat braid
6 strand flat braid
8 strand round braid (whip makers plait)
12 strand round braid (a few different patterns will be taught)
Long 4 bight turks head
Gaucho or pineapple
4 strand button knot
Patrick will be doing a Power Point Presentation on making frames. If you want a copy, DVD's will be available to take home. It is suggested that you bring some cord, cotton, hemp, etc. I have some cotton cord given to me from Marty Combs that will be available. There will be no charge for the cord that is used for the class. This is another project that will be completed back home.
The Ramada Inn has given us a break on rooms, $79 a night. You must make your own reservations by phone and have a valid credit card. Their number is 217-523-4000, you need to mention the IGKT when you make your reservation. This price is available until Sept 20. They will allow reservations after that date on a case by case basis, if you can't get the special rate, contact John DeWilde. Reservations can be cancelled the day of the reservation, but at least 24 hours is better.
If you have any further questions, requests for a particular knotting project, or wish to sign up to teach a class, please contact me at my e-mail - StarKnots@comcast.net
We are looking forward to seeing YOU in Springfield!
Each of us has been to a "first meeting." It's time you did the same.
You will meet individuals with a wide range of skills and interests. None of us can tie EVERY knot. (Not all of us can tie some simple ones!) The annual meetings are a chance for people to come together and learn new knots, new skills, new techniques and make some new connections. Past meetings have had attendees from all over the earth. Young and young at heart, newcomers to knotttng and seasoned knotters. We would really like to see you there! We'll have a piece of cord there waiting for you.
Oh, it's okay if you're not a NAB or an IGKT member. If you have an interest in ANY area of knotting or are at ANY skill level, you are more than welcome to be there!