This is more a 'liesure / time well wasted' project.
I tied the TallyMan about 3 months ago, after first viewing 'Instructables' ; then, being properly inspired, and having reviewed all my dormant mountain operations knot tying skills,
I browsed 'Instructables' and saw the 'Monkeys Fist Knot and the Monkey', and thought 'TallyMan needs to deploy!'
I've always thought that the Monkeys fist knot looks similar to a turban-wrapped head of a Berber nomad. I use my Tallyman as a USB Flashdrive minder, as I find I leave the darn flashdrive hanging out of the computer altogether too often. I guess the amount of paracord used is altogether 7 or 8 feet (?). I used intact Paracord for the monkeyfist head and ladder weave half hitches for the body, and gutted paracord for the legs, in a square weave pattern.
Step 1: Ingredients
-Approximately 7 to 8 feet of intact paracord; more depending on how big TallyMan is to be. I measured the ratio of cord to weave once, and promptly forgot it.Also 4 feet of gutted paracord for the legs.
-A pair of scissors or sharp Swiss Army knife.
-A lighter to melt fraying ends.
-A marlin spike or similar pokey object, used when dressing the monkey fist knot; it should be as tight as possible.
-Time: 2 hours for first attempt
Step 2: Making the head.
construct a monkey fist knot as close to the center of the cord as possible.
Tying the monkey fist: Wraps and Fraps
Hopefully these pics and diagrams will help; if not, there are lots of good knot-tying sites online.
Begin with your single, long piece of paracord; while tying the Fist, try and get it as close to the center of the piece of cord as possible; this will save a lot of cursing and swearing later on when dressing / tightening the knot.
Using the fingers, make 3 turns around the hand; as part of Mountain Ops training, we called these verticals 'wraps'
Step 3: Start the Fraps
Step 5: Add the last wraps.
Step 6: Dressing the knot
With the marlin spike / pokey object, tighten the Fist accordingly. I made two or three of these before I got it right. This is where getting the knot centered on your piece of paracord is important; there's less waste, as well. Be careful not to stab yourself with the pokey object. You really get to understand the knot dynamics as you tighten it.
Step 7: TallyMans Body
Step 8: Body, continued
Step 9: Body, continued
Step 10: TallyMans arms.
Step 11: Square braided legs- start
Step 13: Legs, continued
Step 14: Additional leg info.
Step 17: Finish the legs...
Heres a pic of TallyMans pelvic attachment, with both legs on.
(I can't resist...this is where you can get naughty with TallyMans Tallywhacker...maybe a Tally-Ho companion...sorry ladies and gents..I couldn't help it!! :) )