Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Man's knot boards graced with words of wisdom.(Mature Life)

Byline: Jane Mahoney For the Journal

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When William King learned to tie knots in the U.S. Coast Guard in the 1950s, he never dreamed his handiwork would be displayed around the world a half century later.

Today, the former Coast Guard petty officer's knot boards span the globe, hanging in museums, mansions, humble homes and missions.

What's a knot board? Much as the name suggests, it is a plywood board containing samples of knots bearing names such as Spanish bowline or sheepshank, masthead or square knot.

King, 73, however, ties his knots with a mission in mind. He says he wants to spread the Christian gospel, and King has gotten the word out to nearly 1,000 individuals or institutions in the past decade. …

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