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Building Classic Small Craft


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In MemoriamBuilding Classic Small Craft, Volume 1PrefaceIntroduction1 The Common Punt2 L. Francis Herreshoff's Pram3 A Plywood Pram4 A Sailing Flattie5 A Chamberlain Skiff6 A Modified Quincy Skiff7 A Lowell Dory Skiff8 A Semi-Dory9 A Car-Top Semi-Dory10 The Dory11 A Modified Swampscott Dory12 A North Shore Surf Dory13 The Chamberlain Gunning Dory14 The Beachcomber-Alpha Dory15 A Sharpie16 The Peapod17 A Spurling Rowboat18 The St. Lawrence River Skiff19 The Rangeley Boat20 The Wherry21 The Origin of the Whitehall22 A Whitehall Pulling Boat23 The Sea Bright Skiff24 The Barnegat SneakboxAppendix: Notes on Boatbuilding MaterialsMore Building Classic Small CraftPreface1 Herreshoff Rowboat and Modified McInnis Bateau2 Pilot Gig3 Merrymeeting Bay Duckboat4 15-Foot Flattie Skiff5 Two 8-Foot Prams6 Four Canoes7 Down East Workboat8 Yacht Tenders9 Sea Bright Skiff10 Boston Fishing Power Dories11 Matinicus Peapod12 Two Garveys13 Clamming Skiff14 16-Foot Swampscott Dory15 Mower Dory16 Boatbuilders' PlanesBibliographyIndex

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The late John Gardner was for many years the Associate Curator of Small Craft at Mystic Seaport Museum and Technical Editor for National Fisherman magazine, which began publishing his boatbuilding articles in 1951. A one-time school teacher, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University before turning to boatbuilding in 1940. As that most rare of people, a superb craftsman who could also write well, he became the single most influential proponent of the art of wooden boatbuilding, and is credited with the renaissance of the craft in the 1970's.


"John Gardner's work has engaged and inspired more individuals connected with traditional small craft than will ever be counted." -WoodenBoat magazine; "Deserves an honored place on the library shelf." -National Fisherman; "Poses clear and impassioned means to go from the armchair to the open water via your own boatshop." -Sea History

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