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Brightwork: The Art of Finishing Wood Hardcover – November, 1990
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``Everyone who does varnishing should have this book!--Wittman does an outstanding job of educating in all there is to know about this critical stage of boat restoration--A superb book I highly recommend.'' (Classic Boating)
``It's elegant--elegant as the work it describes so successfully, elegant in its writing, elegant in its photography.'' (Sail)
``Packed with useful information for both amateur and professional refinsishes alike--A first class and highly readable text that should be mandatory reading for anyone who owns or is contemplating owning a wood-trimmed vessel--The book's only drawback is that it's so beautiflly illustrated that you'll need to buy a second copy to replace the one assigned to your cofee table.'' (Sailing) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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“As well as being a comprehensive guide to wood finishing, this work celebrates the beauty of brightwork on boats.”—WoodenBoat
“A first class and highly readable text that should be mandatory reading for anyone who owns or is contemplating owning a wooden trimmed vessel.”—Sailing
“It’s elegant—elegant as the work it describes so successfully, elegant in its writing, elegant in its photography, and elegant physically as a volume.”—SAIL
“Brightwork provides all the information you need to avoid frustrations and costly mistakes and derive the greatest satisfaction from a process that can be its own reward.”—A Cruising World “Editor’s Choice”
Few things transform a boat into a yacht quite as gracefully as the incomparable look and texture of oiled, varnished, and bare wood surfaces. Drawing on her decades of brightwork experience, Rebecca Wittman shows you how to diagnose and cure a deteriorating finish, when cracked and flaking varnish can be patched and when it must be stripped and a new finish applied, how much sanding is truly necessary, and much more.
Rebecca Wittman cofounded The Teak Twins custom yacht refinishers in 1978 and has taught brightwork seminars at Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats. She is also the author of The Brightwork Companion (2004). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A must read even if you will not be accomplishing this task yourself, so that you thoroughly understand the work that will have to be performed.