Wooden Boats by Michael Ruhlman

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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 construction 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.

About Michael Ruhlman

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Michael Ruhlman is the author of Ratio, The Soul of a Chef, The Making of a Chef, Charcuterie, and, with, Thomas Keller, The French Laundry Cookbook. He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Photographer Donna Turner Ruhlman lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Published April 30, 2002 by Penguin Books. 346 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Professional & Technical, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Ruhlman's (The Soul of a Chef, not reviewed) promising story of attending the construction of two sublime wooden boats falls short in so many areas that it feels woefully out of plumb.

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Ruhlman (The Soul of a Chef) provides an insightful look at the life and work of legendary master boatbuilders Nat Benjamin and Ross Gannon, whose boatyard on Martha's Vineyard is the site of the most innovative work happening today.

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There are stories of running from a hurricane in a sailing vessel preparing for the worst, stories of searching for friends gone overboard in seas running above the mast on small craft, there are stories of bravery, peace and strife.

May 16 2008 | Read Full Review of Wooden Boats

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