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Wooden Boats: In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard Paperback – April 30, 2002
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"Ruhlman's deft blending of boatbuilding description and seagoing lore will satisfy even the fussiest of wooden-boat enthusiasts." WoodenBoat magazine
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In a clear and elegant voice, he illustrates that what you make is who you are and vice versa. In this modern age of disposable things, its beautiful to discover people whose dedication to a craft defies the norm. If you are interested in building a wooden boat of just the idea of it, another great read is Boatbuilding in Your Own Backyard, which I just finished.
Ruhlman comes to the topic with no experience in boat construction, or even boating for that matter, but gets to the heart of why some people become obsessed with these projects. (This is a book about wooden boats, but this kind of obsession is certainly not limited to nautical pastimes. Read Rebuilding the Indian for a similar story involving two wheels instead of a hull.)
Although the characters in this book spend an awful lot of time denigrating "plastic" boats, their enthusiasm for boat construction and traditional methods is hard to resist. What these throwback builders are creating are "plank on frame" craft, vessels sculpted out of traditional materials with every part unique and handmade, boats that will (according to their proponents and backed up by history) far outlive their builders.
As a sailor I found this book inspiring. Maybe someday.
One part I vividly remember is when Elisa Lee is finished and the author vividly describes the launching ceremony. Then Elisa is lowered into the water and she floats.Read more ›
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I found this book fascinating. I love reading about dedicated artisans, even- or maybe especially- in areas i which I have no skills whatsoever! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cissa
"Walk in Water" and "Wooden Boats" reach into the depths of the soul. Don't read one without the other :)Published 9 months ago by Stephanie Ann Middleton
Ruhlman is an exceptional writer. He has the ability to communicate technical subjects clearly, involving the reader in the techniques and the passions of the artisans he writes... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lady Bird
This is certainly is a great book to read if you ever plan to build a wooden boat or run a wooden boatyard. I chose both. Thanks for the extra push Nat and Ross. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jay S.