When Philippe Petit stepped out on a high-wire illegally strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 and performed his act, his exploit became folkloric.
After years of hands-on research, Petit recently authored Why Knot? How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving and Secure Knots. Petit’s practical sketches and artful drawings illustrate original methods and provide clear, clever tying instructions. On the cover is a meter of red cord, so the reader can “jump right in” and start tying.
“Knots are pure design in three dimensions,”
Petit explains. “There is nothing decorative. All elements serve their purpose.”