Mystic Knotwork: Keeping a family tradition alive

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — A shop in Mystic is making nautical knots for gift shops all across the country and people who visit the shoreline town.

The family knot shop opened more than 50 years ago as Beaudoin’s Rope Locker. Now, the original owner’s grandson is continuing the business as Mystic Knotwork.

Matt Beaudoin’s grandpa started the business around 1957. He says it’s a family business that he was born into. Growing up, instead of getting an allowance, Matt was given tasks to make knots.

“I spent nine years in Corporate America,” said Matt. “I decided to go back to my roots and rebuild this business from a couple wholesale accounts I had at the time.”

Matt was fixing copiers and printers out of the Hartford area. He says he’s happy he’s keeping his grandpa’s memory alive.

“He would be impressed. He would be surprised because we do more work now in a year than he did in my whole time working with him, but I’m working with 12 people now and not just one,” said Matt.

Matt says his grandfather was known as the best knot-tyer in the world back in the 80s and people would travel all over the world to see him. Some of his pieces are still in the shop. He says they haven’t changed too much, and that’s what makes them unique. He says while others have progressed to plastic, 3D printing, digital and automatic, they still got cotton cord twisted.

“It’s really just part of the heartbeat of life. I did this as a chore for my grandfather as allowance so I’m used to just having knots in my hand. With it in my hand, it’s like a comfort thing,” said Matt.

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