Sloop: Restoring My Family's Wooden Sailboat--An Adventure in Old-Fashioned Values
Simon and Schuster, 2008-06-03 - 317 psl.
When Daniel Robb set out to rebuild a family sailboat that had been deteriorating for years, he couldn't have anticipated what he was getting into.
When Daniel Robb set out to rebuild a family sailboat that had been deteriorating for years, he couldn't have anticipated what he was getting into. Although Robb was a skilled carpenter, boatbuilding (and boat repair) required a specialized set of skills. And this wasn't just any boat; it was a Herreshoff 12 1/2, a classic wooden sailboat. Built especially for the coastal waters of New England, this little sloop had sailed for years out of the author's boyhood home in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, before being relegated to a quiet corner of a yard, no longer the focus of the family's summer. Restoring the sailboat was both an act of respect and an homage to a place and a way of life that are in jeopardy of disappearing.
Sloop is the captivating story of Daniel Robb's education in boatbuilding, peopled by an eccentric cast of characterslumbermen, boatbuilders, and local artisanswho are part of a changing and perhaps dying world. They tell Robb how to find the materialscertain kinds of wood, fastenings, caulking, and canvashe'll need, which are increasingly hard to come by, and they educate him in the techniques of restoration, an all-but-lost art. Building and restoring wooden boats means an initiation into a world where life is lived simply, with respect for materials, for labor, and for the local waters.
A craftsman and environmentalist, Robb is a willing and able student, and although the restoration of the boat takes far more time and effort than he'd calculated, it is ultimately successful. After all Robb's struggles with quartersawn white oak, homemade steam boxes, bronze screws, copper rivets, andold mast hoops, the Herreshoff sails againand a dying art and a vanishing way of life remain alive and vibrant just a while longer.
By turns charming, meditative, and wonderfully quirky, Sloop is a paean to a sense of place and to old-fashioned values.
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LibraryThing ReviewVartotojo apžvalga - loralu - LibraryThing
I read this to try and understand the things my husband is going through while making a sailboat for us from scratch. Many of the things, like time, I already understood. It was interesting to see another person's life and process - mostly it made me miss New England. Skaityti visą apžvalgą
An excellent readVartotojo apžvalga - Anonymous - Borders
I had a hard time putting this book down, which surprised me because I thought a book about a boat might not hold my interest. It is a really compelling, fun, deep take on craftsmanship, boats and the sea, and people in a small town. An excellent book. Skaityti visą apžvalgą
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