Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I know, huh? Right? IGKT stands for the International Guild of Knot Tyers. This is an organization originating in the UK for people who have an interest in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds. Stop that. Think outside the box for a minute here. You’d be amazed at the variety of things you can create simply by tying a bunch of not-so-simple knots.
Founded in 1982 by a mere twenty-five members, the ranks have swelled to over 1000 world-wide. Unlike other professional guilds, the IGKT is open to anyone, no matter what level of expertise.
The goal of this group is to preserve traditional knotting techniques, act as an authoritative reference source for anyone interested and promote knotting aspects, practical, recreational and theoretical, to one and all. The various branch of the Guild hold periodic events which are open to the public and include displays along with hands-on demonstrations.
If you become a member you can attend local and international meetings where you get to share your love for knotting and trade knowledge with other knotters in your area. You will also receive various newsletters and publications throughout the year.
Interested? Go here for the IGKT or here for the North American branch. And if you’re thinking of checking out an event, let me know. I’d like to tag along.