THE first meet-up of the International Guild of Knot Tyers in Australia was certainly one knot to miss.
Experts showed off their techniques and best fancy work at the two-day event, the brain child of Moonbi resident Raymond McLaren.
The Moonbi resident made national news when a book he loaned 53 years earlier earned him a $5000 'fine' at Newcastle Library.
The book, Knots, Splices and Fancy Work, led him to the art of knot-tying, Mr McLaren hosted the first Australian meet-up of the International Guild of Knot Tyers in Tamworth at the weekend.
He reckons there could be up to 10,000 different knots that exist, and created his own multi-million dollar business weaving and plaiting metal string.
Photos by Peter Hardin