Traditional Rope Coiling

Notes and Resources:

There is a large family of related but slightly different rope coiling techniques, which collectively I'm calling "traditional" coiling in the sense that they're widely preferred by practitioners of Japanese-derived rope styles.

There are (at least) three different ways of forming the coil -- folding, figure 8, and figure 8 with a single fold at the end -- as well as two different general approaches to finishing the bundle: by tucking the bight under the securing wraps, or by passing the bight through the end of the bundle.

Each combination provides a somewhat different compromise in terms of coiling speed, uncoiling speed, security, tangle-resistance, and bundle aesthetics. Which one is right for you comes down to personal preference.

This video shows two variations on the throw-the-bundle finishing method, and here you can see the more popular but less secure method of tucking a bight.

Erin Houdini has an interesting variation on Kink Academy, if you have an account there, as well.

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    GrizzlyChief | Jan 23rd, 2016 9:26pm PST #

    First link/video is unavailable.

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      Topologist | Jan 25th, 2018 5:33pm PST #

      Thanks, updated video links.

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        bpromas | Dec 15th, 2018 8:08pm PST #

        It's broken again

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          EddieTies | Jan 1st, 2019 6:03pm PST #

          Giotto's account on YouTube is terminated due to nudity, according to YouTube. You'll probably have to find another source for it.

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        Litchic26 | Aug 27th, 2018 5:59pm PDT #

        That first video is hilarious. Love the oiling with toe jam.

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          iluvuninja | Dec 10th, 2018 7:43pm PST #

          First video down again, sadly.

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            Topologist | Jan 2nd, 2019 10:05pm PST #

            Updated, thanks. Anyone know of an alternative video showing the grabbing-with-thumbs figure-8 method?

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              NakedSutherland | Aug 8th, 2019 7:18pm PDT #

              If you're still looking for an alternate video, here is one by ShibariShamster on youtube. It took a bit to find it again but I hope it works well enough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcBA9GT4XSs

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            Fourmilier | Feb 27th, 2019 9:01am PST #

            First video is great, live how tidy it is

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              Rahere | Apr 8th, 2019 11:01am PDT #

              The idea of a figure=8 coli is that it's a stack, so the line always lifts off the top. I pinch both tails of the rope between my right hand and thumb, and just start coiling with a twist in it: practice makes perfect, instead of wrapping your arm, you cross the back of it each time. It produces a coil which is an old biblical cubit long, half a meter more or less, so a single turn on the two tails uses 2 meters: given you're possibly working with a 7 meter line, you come to the bight pdq, and end up with a thin floppy hank. I therefore fold it in half when I take it off my arm, and run the bight back about half a turn, which I use to wrap the bunch once, trapping the point it comes out of the bunched hank, twice, and then over the top under the curve in the standing end right where the first wrap locked it.

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                KrakenTie | May 6th, 2019 7:54pm PDT #

                Ordered rope from Erin Houdini last year. Never got what I ordered. Took my money though.

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                  BondageBuddha | Jul 23rd, 2019 9:48am PDT #

                  Second link is down

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