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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wooden Boat Pub; First Edition edition (December 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937822507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937822500
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading this book, everything makes so much more sense.
R. Briggs
The drawings are very helpful and the text is clear, concise and well organized (though for some reason there's no index).
picea mariana
This book has everything a person needs to build a small wooden boat from plans or kit.
Chadd Hamilton

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It is well written and illustrated. It is 8 1/2" by 11" about 280 pages, hardback, and published by WoodenBoat Publications. Apparently, the author was a teacher at the Wooden Boat School.
It covers everything from tools, wood selection, joinery and finishing. Best of all it had an in depth section on lofting that even me, a former Marine could understand. It is the only book that I have read that introduces lofting to a boat building novice and lifts the shroud of mystery around it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Briggs on March 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you plan to build a wooden boat for the first time, this book is just what you need. When I embarked on my first boatbuilding project armed with my hobbyist's furniture building skills and a set of boat plans, I nearly gave up in frusteration. After reading this book, everything makes so much more sense. He explains the terminology, the woods, the tools, the glues, and all the little pitfalls you will encounter along the way. My boat is now well underway and it would probably still be couple sheets of paper nailed to the wall of my garage if it weren't for "Building Small Boats."
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A real practical guide in traditional wooden boat building. If you're fascinated with wooden boats and actually want to build one (or more), this is the equivalent of having an excellent teacher right there. The easy-going style and clear descriptions, with ample pictures and diagrams, means you have a very good chance of producing a fine vessel that you will be proud of. If I were re-starting by boat building book collection, this would be my first book
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By picea mariana on October 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book should be called "Building Small Wooden Boats." The author sticks to traditional methods and materials and he's very good at explaining these. It's much more accessible than general boatbuilding manuals such as Steward and Chapelle, but more in depth than the usual how-to book. The drawings are very helpful and the text is clear, concise and well organized (though for some reason there's no index). There are some subjects I would have liked to see discussed in more detail, but overall a great boatbuilding book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chadd Hamilton on June 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book has everything a person needs to build a small wooden boat from plans or kit. After building several small boats, and consulting other boatbuilding books, I always come back to this book for answers and techniques. Finally, I think Mr Rossel does the best job at explaining the process of spiling to obtain plank shape. Great book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Hafner on September 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is, quite simply, the most useable and useful book for small boat building which is out there. A legendary teacher at the WoodenBoat School, Greg Rossel uses his years of experience to take the reader through the whole process of constructing a wooden boat. The chapter on lofting alone is worth the price of the whole book. One might consider Chapelle's "Boatbuilding" to be Old Testament: accurate, certainly, but with many references which today the reader would find archaic. Rossel, however, is decidedly New Testament. He is a cheerful, witty, and knowlegeable companion who takes you from selecting a set of plans to finishing the brightwork. Highly recommended.

Gordon H.Hafner
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved the clear way the author explains the process of building wooden boats. His pictures were fantastic. His sailboat is beautiful. The only thing that threw me at first was the chapter on lofting, (drawing out the boat parts full scale on paper from grid measurements). I suggested to the author that he revise that chapter a little for novices like me, he may not need to do so. A reader might read one of the other authors' chapter on lofting to further understand the process, which I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gina Siepel on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have never bothered to review a book on Amazon before, but this book has compelled me to do so. The description of the lofting process is a masterpiece. I took every book on boatbuilding out of the library and this book is the only one that could adequately describe this confusing and complicated process. I'm an inexperienced boatbuilder and I'm building a pretty complicated John Gardner boat, from "Building Classic Small Craft." There are no full plans, just the dimensions in the offset table. If not for this book, it all would have remained hopelessly confusing.
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