Timber Hitch

The timber hitch is a knot used to attach a single length of rope to a piece of wood. This is an important hitch, especially for dragging a heavy object like a log .It will hold firmly so long as there is a steady pull; slacking and jerking may loosen it. The timber hitch is also useful in pioneering when attaching two timbers together. When it is used for dragging, a simple hitch should be added near the front end of the object to guide it. To make the knot, pass the rope completely around the wood. Pass the running end around the standing part, then through the loop that you have just formed.

Make three turns around the loop then pull on the standing part to tighten. Take care that you double the rope back on itself before making the three turns, or it won’t hold. Three are recommended for natural rope such as jute, whereas five turns are needed on synthetic rope like nylon.