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Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks Hardcover – September, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Adirondack Museum; 1st edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815603738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815603733
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,237,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Connelly on February 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Hallie Bond has written a masterful account rich with history and funky details about one of America's
most unusual boating regions. Her grasp of boating, the North Country woods, the life of Adirondack
guides, and the evolution of boat designs provides an entertaining yet immensely informative tapestry.
Bond is a scholar and curator of boats at the Adirondack Museum, but she writes with a journalist's
ease. Her eye for detail, her control of narrative, her insights into countless eccentric characters, and
her love for the North woods all contribute to a compelling story about a changing, evolving culture.
This book is also about ingenuity in boat building and the special attributes of design that produced
world famous boats. The Adirondack Guideboat, the St. Lawrence River Skiff, and the vast
assortment of canoes designed by Henry Rushton not only filled special needs but also changed how
people perceived and enjoyed the Adirondacks. She traces the evolution of canoes, the co-mingling of
canoes and kayaks, the emergence of Guideboats and assorted craft, each used for pragmatic
purposes, then changed as people changed. In many ways this is a cultural history,as much about
people as about boats. Yet it includes innumerable photos and illustrations that suggest these builders
were also artists and surely supperb craftsmen.
She takes advantage of the Museum's remarkable collection of boats and boating art, and provides a
fun and engrossing pictorial narrative. Her book is as fun to browse as it is to read, and it's all
handsomely put together. I've read a lot of books about boats, but this may be the best I've ever read.
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By susan hanvey on October 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was bought for my husband. He could find it in paper back but wanted the hard cover copy. It was the right price and he was thrilled
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