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August 19, 2015

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Keith Hudson began tying knots in 1985 while working on off-shore oil rigs in Alaska. Now the South Carolina craftsman uses his know-how to create products from in-demand doorstops to dog leashes.

The company and founder: Sailor Craft Knots was started in 1990 while Hudson was living in Alaska. After 20 years in Alaska, Hudson moved to Charleston in 2005, drawn by the Low country’s maritime history and scenic coast line. He has been a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers since 1992.

The goods: Monkey’s fist key fobs ($8.95 to $16, pictured above) and floating monkey’s fist for boat keys ($18); hemp door stops ($65); door mats ($85 and pictured below ); paper weights ($35); and hand-spliced, double-braided dog leashes ($28 and up).

What’s popular: The city-country dog leash ($50) in several colors. Made from nylon deck line, the leash features two handles: a six-foot handle for more freedom and a two-foot handle for more control.

Where to buy: www.sailorcraftknots.com. In Charleston, check The-Commons, 54 1/2 Broad St., (the-commons.us). Also find Hudson every Saturday from April to December at the Charleston Farmers Market (King and Calhoun streets in Marion Square).

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