Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

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

Byline: Jane Mahoney For the Journal


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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