Henderson County man goes for Guinness record with epic knot

By tying the knot, Skip Hipp might have pulled enough strings to wind up in the Guinness World Records book. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

By tying the knot, a Henderson County man might have pulled enough strings to wind up in the Guinness World Records book.

"Sometimes, I'll sit there and read a book at the same time," said Skip Hipp, who unwinds by working on fancy knots. "So, you can't be tense and tie knots."

His defining achievement might be destined for Guinness greatness.

"It's approximately 22 inches across and 6 foot 7 inches long," Hipp said proudly. "Yeah, I wanted this. Currently, there isn't a record for the biggest knot."

The International Guild of Knot Tyers must verify the number of strands and confirm there are no mistakes before Guinness will publish it.

Hipp spent about 1,000 hours on the bundle of joy, sometimes putting in eight hours a day.

"There's 650 strands. Every strand is tucked 650 times for a total of 422,500 tucks," Hipp said.

It's a Matthew Walker knot made out of 30,000 feet of polyester cord commonly used in mini blinds.

"I tied this as a challenge because there's a lot of knotters out there," he said. "This is a more popular hobby than people know."

Hipp has mastered more than 500 knots.

"Well, my mother taught me to tie my shoes, and my grandmother taught me how tie three strands and a braid because I watched her braid her hair," he said. "I just fell in love with knots."

He's made rose knots, picture frames and lanyards, too. So clearly, he was bound make it big.

"This knot is so outrageously big," Hipp marveled. "Each line, one at a time, is tucked in underneath all the other lines between those two layers."

After, he sets the record, he'll have to cut the cord with his creation because there's no room to keep it at home.

"I'd like to see in the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum," Hipp said.

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