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Building Small Boats Hardcover – December 15, 1998
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The drawings are suited to the text and located right where they should be--you'll not need to thumb through the pages looking for the matching drawing. Most of the drawings use a common reference theme like CL for centerline--very helpful while you are figuring out what perspective that drawing is coming from.
The section on wood selection is valuable in understanding why builders do what they did (sorry to mix tenses). The chapter on finishing is common sense rather than too detailed.
This would be a fine primer if you are about to take a course, and a good refresher before you build the next boat.
There is the occasional editing error, just enough to notice them, not really enough to detract from your enjoyment.
The folks who saw me morning after early morning reading and studying this book at Starbucks continue to ask when I'll be done with the boat. Some have even offered to help. That should be testament enough to the quality of the book and it's value!
This book is for skiled craftsmen (or women), that have the patience of skill to make superb boats.
Me I dont have that skill or patience, I will just make simple plywood boats that might go quite well in the water, but wont match the sheer craftmanship that a traditional built boat conveys.
So if your looking to build a work of art, this is a must have, utterly superb. If your a first time builder looking for an easy to make little boat, do not buy this book,,, I repeat,,, if your a first time builder,,,, do not buy this book!!! This book is for high end craftsman looking to make a work of art. For that audience it is simply outstanding
I can't comment on the negative reviewer about Lofting, which left one commenter mystified, as I only worked with Full Scale Plans, so luckily could avoid the issue of Lofting. That said, I suspect that Lofting is something that's hard to describe in a book -- I've read about it in a few books -- and is better done by being shown how.
I finished my own Somes Sound 12.5 and "soft-launched" her in January this year. I can say this: if I can finish a Lapstrake boat anyone can! And in the process, I found Greg Rossel's book a valuable addition to my bookshelf. In particular, as I say, on Spiling techniques. Buy it, if you're thinking of making a boat, no matter whether you're a first-timer (like me), or not.
Here's the site of my blog, and the soft-launch of my Somes Sound 12 1/2: http://mywoodboat.blogspot.hk
If you are looking for an easy-to-read book that explains boat building for the average person, then this is the book for you.