Museum Hosts Philippe Petit for Special Program “Nuts for Knots” Knot-Tying Workshop
Kingston, N.Y. - The Hudson River Maritime Museum is excited to host “Nuts for Knots,” a knot-tying workshop by high wire artist Philippe Petit on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
Best known as the man who secretly rigged a wire between the towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit has performed on the high wire at majestic sites all over the world, including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Lincoln Center and Grand Central Station. He personally rigs every wire on which he walks and has thus become a self-taught engineer and master rigger. His life depends on knots.
In this hands-on workshop, Philippe will share a selection of loops, bends, hitches, binding knots and termination knots you probably don’t know you cannot live without. Philippe shows knots in action. He gives each participant a yard of cord, which everyone ties, and everyone succeeds. Because Philippe’s methods are original and based on mnemonics, they are simple to learn and unforgettable. Students will learn vicious knots that will never come undone. For example, shoelace knot that will never loosen, improvised handcuffs, and how to secure your drooling camel to a palm tree and yet in half a second be able to flee an attacking caravan. All this and much more! Learn a few practical knots of the 200 ones Philippe knows. You’ll hear historical anecdotes and colorful stories, see demonstrations of unusual variations of well-known knots, and odds are good that you’ll see at least one rope magic trick.
“Nuts for Knots” will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, NY. Two workshop time slots are available, either 10AM-11:30AM, or 1:00-2:30PM. Each workshop has a maximum number of 14 participants so sign up soon to reserve your spot! Registration is $20 for individual tickets or two tickets for $35.
Participants can register at hrmm.org
HRMM Wooden Boat School located at 86 Rondout Landing in Kingston's historic Rondout district. The Wooden Boat School was founded by the Hudson River Maritime Museum in 2015 to preserve the maritime craft traditions of the Hudson Valley and to teach a hands-on interpretation of the living history of the Hudson River. The school offers diverse curriculum and opportunities which inspire skills in woodworking, boat building, and maritime craft. Also available are restoration services for wooden boats. A class calendar and details can be found at www.hrmm.org/boat-school.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries and related communities. In addition to extensive collections documenting maritime transportation, industry, recreation, and natural science, the museum offers classes and programs at its Wooden Boat School, Sailing and Rowing School, and aboard its floating classroom, Solaris. The museum is located along the historic Rondout waterfront in downtown Kingston.
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