"I've had a lifelong love of the outdoors, with a particular passion for the forests and mountains of the Northeastern U.S. I fondly recall trips to the woods with my father as a young boy in Massachusetts, walking along beside him with a new pocketknife or bow and arrow set at my side. Between our walks and talks I’d make attempts to learn bow-drill and sun-lens fire starting methods with the tools we had on hand.
It was at this time in my life, about the age of 8, that I was introduced to knot tying by my grandfather, a World War II era sailor with a knack for teaching. Many a day was spent by his side learning the Bowline, Monkey’s Fist, and Round Turn and Two Half Hitches mooring tie. He even taught me macramé ties, including some better known today by manlier names, such as the Cobra Stitch. I was a kid, spending time with my father and grandfather and having so much fun learning that I didn't realize I was gaining skills that would one day establish the foundation of my future bushcraft knowledge and knotting career.
Shortly after graduating from college with a degree in civil engineering I married, and my wife and I moved to New Hampshire to settle down and start a family. New Hampshire is the Live Free or Die state, and its White Mountains and 80% forest cover had called to me. And so it was, in the shadow of Mount Washington (near where I now live), that I committed myself to venture about on foot to see what natural wonders the region had to offer.
I’m a planner and a thinker by nature and a professional civil engineer by trade, so running headlong into the wilderness unprepared wasn't my style. Before beginning my venture into the unknown I decided to first learn some basic skills, including traditional compass and map land navigation and firecraft. I built my own survival kit and gained knowledge of how to use its contents in the event of an emergency. I read books (and lots of them) written by those who’d already learned the techniques of wilderness survival, in many cases, the hard way. And I began participating in and learning from online forums related to bushcraft and survival.
It was during this period of my life, while I was reading about the importance of a basic survival kit, that I first considered working with paracord. A mantra of one of the books I was reading was to only carry gear that could serve multiple purposes. I figured that any gear made from paracord would do so in spades, because once unraveled the cordage served countless survival needs. So I acquired a skein of 550 paracord, dusted off an old knots and splices book my grandfather had given me, and set out to create some paracord works of my own.
One of the first things I did was improve upon the design of army ranger pace counter beads (used to tally steps in dead reckoning land navigation). Utilizing sliding Turks Head knots prevented breakage and unintentional movement common with the plastic beads on commercial sets. Soon I was making lanyards and handle grips for my hatchets and knives, zipper pulls that stored a ferro rod and tinder, sheaths, necklaces, and bracelet kits. My paracord creations could be characterized by the application of knots in innovative, utilitarian ways.
As the items I made started to gain notoriety in a handful of online forums, I began to create YouTube videos to teach others what I'd learned and discovered. While I'd inherited my grandfather’s ability to teach, I soon found there was more to making a professional and effective video than hitting the record button and tying a knot...."
Paracordist Creations LLC - Knot Tyer Bios
"I have been married to my sweetheart for 28 years. I have three boys, they are adults now, I loved raising them in the outdoors, teaching them outdoor and survival skills and how to function as gentlemen in this crazy world. I am privileged to work with my boys, brothers, sisters and extended family. I served for 10 years in my community as a firefighter / EMT and retired as a captain. I started out as an electrician way too young. My father started American Electric 40 years ago and I worked with him as long as I can remember. I now manage the company and spend most of my time behind a computer. I really miss the hands-on work. Tying knots with paracord and creating items of real value is a great way to relax and let my hands work, it is very satisfying to create with paracord. I am thankful that I found Kevin (The Paracordist) when I did. Kevin obviously enjoys working with paracord and is an excellent instructor, and very creative."
"I live and work in Southern Indiana, near Louisville, KY. My day job is Technical Architect for a large insurance company. I orginally got into knot tying as a hobby about 2 years ago while searching the internet on how to cord wrap a knife handle. Among the site I found, my favorites were TIAT, The Paracordist, and Stormdrane. They all sparked in me a desire to know how these works of art fit together. As my skill has increased and I have learned new knots, The Paracordist has asked me to assist him with several of his signature designs: X7 Fiskars Axe, Steel Saints Riding Lanyard, A.L.I.C.E Pack handle, and Skogkniv lanyard. My own creation, the Mora #2 with custom Turk's Head handle wrap and custom leather sheath is also marketed by the Paracordist on his site."
RONNEY A. PHILLIPS
"Hey, folks. I'm a married, 37-year-old GIS analyst and graphic designer with two kids who like tangling up as much paracord as they can while I'm knotting. I've been into knot tying for around 15 years or so when I saw my first crown knot used to hold leather cymbal straps. I couldn't figure out how to get the darn knot back on and had to talk to various people trying to figure it out. From there, I knotted on and off throughout a 13-year stint as a Marine, but only really got into it seriously a couple of years ago when I started seeing examples of long Turk's heads. I needed a wrap for a hiking stick, remembered paracord was a decent cord and figured it out from there.
I first stumbled onto The Paracordist's various excellent videos after a friend referred me to "some guy" making paracord fire kits. I checked it out, then looked at the other videos, then watched 'em again and again. They really helped me expand my repertoire and see other possibilities besides the standard gear it seems everyone else is making. My favorite knots are Turk's heads of any sort, including globe knots. I find it challenging and it tests my patience -- something which I could really use from time to time.
When I'm not tying knots and working on my hand callouses, I'm into geocaching, orienteering, range shooting and being a grouch about the Oxford comma."
"First, I’d like to start off with a big thank you to Kevin, a.k.a “The Paracordist”. His YouTube videos have really helped bring my knot tying skills to a new level. It’s a real honor to be part of his group, where I help with making the Steel Saint's Lanyard. With that being said, here is a little bit about me. I’ve been married over twenty years and together my wife and I have five great kids. We live in Southern Kansas were I have worked in law enforcement my entire career. We are active in our local church, where we teach Sunday school and are assistant youth leaders. I have always had a passion for the outdoors and primitive outdoor survival skills. Besides knot tying, I enjoy making fire using primitive techniques, and Flint Knapping (making stone tools, blades, and points)."
"John Parker has been performing rope craft for over 5 years. During this period of time he's learned that quality out shines quantity, the more you love something the less it's work, and patience is a must when working with cordage. As a friend of J.D. Lenzen, and a member of the greater fusion knotting community, he provided value added feedback regarding the introduction to “Paracord Fusion Ties-Volume 1.” And, he's assisted Kevin Gagne (The Paracordist) meet order responsibilities of Door Knockers and Battering Rams from his website. A creator, yet still a student, John continues to explore and learn new tying techniques, as well as hone and perfect more classic and historical ones. John is living and working in West Virginia."
MATTHEW R. LIVINGSTON
"I am a member of the US Air Force, currently stationed in NC as an RF Transmission Systems Tech but soon to be stationed in NY. I grew up in Johnstown Pennsylvania, and spent most of my time outdoors. One day I was looking in to buying a paracord survival bracelet but was shocked at how much companies charge for a few feet of braided paracord and so started my adventure of making paracord projects on my own. I stumbled upon the Paracordist YouTube channel while looking for parcord how to videos and was hooked immediately. I have learned most of what I know of paracord from Kevin’s videos and lots of practice. The military takes up most of my time but when I’m free I enjoy spending it with my wife Hollie, and daughter Arya. My hobbies include hiking, camping, rock climbing, mountain biking and geocaching. Anything outdoors!"