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Timber hitch
Names Timber hitch, Lumberman's Knot, Countryman's Knot
Typical use To attach a rope to a piece of wood.
Category Hitch knots
Group Basic knots
Animation of tying a Timber hitch
Animation of tying a Timber hitch
The timber hitch is the knot to use for dragging a log across the ground. It is also the knot that starts a diagonal lashing.
Boy Scout Handbook p. 138

The Timber Hitch is described by as much used for handling cargo "... for which it is very convenient, as it practically falls apart when pull ceases." It is also useful when towing a spar or log either afloat or on land. When used for this purpose, the Timber Hitch is often placed near the center of the spar and a separate half-hitch is dropped over the end of the spar to act as a guide.

See The Ashley Book of Knots #1665, p. 290.

Required for

  1. Pass the end of the rope around the log.
  2. Loop the end around the starting part of the rope, then wrap the end around itself three or more times.
  3. Tighten the hitch against the log.

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See also
Knots by Use
Basic knots Overhand knot · Square knot · Granny knot · Two half-hitches · Taut-line hitch · Bowline · Sheet bend · Slip knot · Clove hitch · Timber hitch
Advanced knots Constrictor knot · Monkey's fist · Ocean plait · Trucker's hitch · Turk's head
Special knots Braiding · Carrick bend · Chain sinnet · Cow hitch · Double sheet bend · Sheep shank
Fishing knots Arbor backing knot · Barrel knot · Blood knot · Blood loop · Clinch knot · Fisherman's knot · Improved clinch knot · Nail knot · Needle knot · Palomar knot · Surgeon's loop · Turle knot
Sailing knots Bowline on a Bight · Cleat Hitch · Double Bowline · Figure Eight · Marline Hitch · Midshipman's Hitch · Rolling Hitch · Stevedores Knot
Climbing knots Alpine Butterfly knot · Double fisherman's knot (Grapevine) · Figure eight follow-through · Figure eight on a bight · Figure eight on bend · Figure eight knot · Prusik knot · Safety knot · Water knot
Forty knots

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