A Somerville Bowline Tutorial
This unique knot has some huge benefits over a traditional single column tie. Invented by Topologist, a popular San Fransisco rigger and professional rope teacher combined two pages from A Book of Knots. — Everyone needs new reading material for their ceramic throne. — He based the knot off the Myrtle Hitch from ABOK with the intention to recreate the speed of a Portuguese Bowline and the compact functionality of a French Bowline. He ended up producing what we now know as the Somerville Bowline. Happy Dance! It makes a great replacement for almost any column tie.
You can find many practical uses for this tie or even substitute other cuffs for it. Want to tie your partners wrist securely to the bed post? They won’t be fleeing from your king size love fortress with this knot. With the ease of use and the comfort of a traditional single column, you really can’t place any faults on the tie. The only negative connotation that I have come up with…it’s not considered a traditional tie. When performing a Takate Kote, a traditionalist may complain that your technique is wrong since you did not start with a double column tie. Halt the presses! Why do we have to be traditional? Don't succumb to the extinct do-do bird. Stand up and be a savage bear and take what is yours! Knowledge is power in life and in rope bondage. By learning knew techniques, you keep your partner safe and secure. I’m leaving out one huge benefit. It’s way safer to use when performing Suspensions. It will not slip in any direction. No longer do you have worry about the dangers of a traditional double column.
This doesn't mean you won't hurt your partner! Performing a wrist cuff IS very dangerous. The Ulnar Nerve is very close to the surface and you will damage it if you're not properly trained. This is why these tutorials are not a replacement for proper rope bondage education. You can only learn safe rope handling from a qualified Nawashi. Never take it upon yourself to learn bondage on your own. Reach out to your local community and find a professional willing to teach. You will be surprised just how many there are.