Square lashing is a type of lashing used to bind spars together. There are different types,
but all consist of a series of wraps around the spars, and fraps around the wraps between the spars.
Used when lashing two spars together at, or near, right angles to each other.
The lashing is designed to be load bearing and can be used to create scaffolding.
Square lashings can also be used to make a rectangular frame.
1. Start by tying a clove hitch around one of the poles.
2. Twist the loose end from the clove hitch around the rope and then wrap the rope around the two poles.
3. When laying the turns, the rope goes on the outside of the previous turns around the cross piece and on the inside of the existing wraps on the other piece.
4. Continue wrapping the rope around the poles following the “inside – outside” sequence.
5. Once you have enough wraps to give you the strength you need, guide the rope horizontally between the two poles.
6. Wrap the rope around the knot between the poles. This is called frapping. Pull the frapping as tight as possible and then add another turn.
7. Finish the lashing with a clove hitch around the end of a cross piece.