This whale tail is cut from solid brass, representing a historic take on the nautical tradition. Over time it will develop a natural patina.
Snags, grabs, and scratches...those are complaints we heard about whale tail bracelets, and why we hesitated to make them. So, we carefully designed these whale tails with a curve to rest on your wrist and not catch on everything or everyone that dares touch them.
We are live-aboard sailors and everything we make in our shop could be made aboard as we travel. Real sailors making for other sailors, this is your chance to join in the New England tradition as it enters the fourth generation.
Mystic Knotwork's nautical tradition dates back into the early 1900's but traditions change this whale tail bracelet represents a tradition started 15 years ago when the preppy movement took a turn. We had been resistant to join this tradition but after 15 years of seeing it slowly lose its roots in the nautical traditions, we decided to take a step back and visit this design. We redesigned the whale tail so that it has a nice bend to it and blends in with your wrist while at the same time prevents snagging your clothing our any sheets or gear you are working on the boat. The design itself can be carved out of a halyard snap shackle so it still holds the tradition of Mystic Knotwork having everything we make able to be made while traveling on the boat itself.
Christa gets it credit for inspiring this bracelet (and it's partner anchor bracelet). She is the fourth generation knot tyer in the family. She wanted something a little fancier. Metal and fiber, the whale tail bracelet is designed for the nautical environment. We wanted to introduce these online last summer, but they sold so quickly in our public workshop in Downtown Mystic, Connecticut, we couldn't support selling them to you until now.
Brass, there is no plating to separate and the rope is polyester resistant to damage from sun or salt air. This bracelet will last as long as you want to in fact it looks more interesting after months and years of daily wear. The bracelet is easily removed, but once you feel how comfortable it is, why would you want to?