Wooden Boats: in Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard

By Michael Ruhlman

Exquisite details & stories of the sea; construction of 2 wooden boats, a nearly forgotten craft. 8 pgs B/W photos, 8 line drawings; 5.5x8.5 inches, 336 pgs.


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ISBN: 0-14-200121-X

EAN: 978-0-14-200121-9

Binding: Softcover

Publish Date: 15/05/2002

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There are fewer than 10,000 wooden boats in America, but the circulation of WoodenBoat magazine exceeds 180,000. What is it about these boats that has captured the popular imagination? With his "lively blend of reportage and reflection" (Los Angeles Times), Michael Ruhlman sets off for a renowned boatyard in Martha's Vineyard to follow the contruction of two boats -- Rebecca, a 60 foot modern pleasure schooner, and Elisa Lee, a 32-foot powerboat. Filled with exquisite details and stories of the sea, this exciting exploration of a nearly forgotten craft and the colorful personalities involved will enthrall wooden boat owners as well as craftspeople of every stripe, nature enthusiasts, and fans of compelling nonfiction.

"An intimate portrait of the passions pursued by men and women...and the beauty and power of the most sensuous seagoing ships ever devised by mortals." --Jon Wilson, found and editor-in-chief, WoodenBoat magazine.

Wooden Boats describes in loving detail how these vessels are made...Mr. Ruhlman consistently comes through with touching lyricism." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Ruhlman's deft blending of boatbuilding description and seagoing lore will satisfy even the fussiest of wooden-boat enthusiasts." --WoodenBoat magazine


Michael Ruhlman is the author of The Soul of a Chief, a New York Times Notable Book. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Gourmet, and Food Arts magazine and is the recipient of a James Beard award for magazine writing. He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with his wife and children.


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