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The Marl is used with a running bowline to secure a log or branch close to its end.
The running bowline is simply a bowline tied around the standing part of the line, while the marl is formed beneath it on the piece. A marl is formed by crossing the working end over the top of the standing part of the line, then up beneath it.


Marl Knot Tying Instructions

  1. Tie a Running Bowline around the end of the log or branch. When pulled tight, it will cinch down to secure the log.

  2. Run the rope a short way down the below the Running Bowline and wrap around the log. Feed end of rope under the wrap just made, effectively tying an overhand knot.

  3. Repeat once or twice more.
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