Building Classic Small Craft: Complete Plans and Instructions for 47 Boats (英語) ハードカバー – 1996/10/1
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John Gardner, a teacher and writer by training, was a rare man, good with both words and tools. As Associate Curator of Small Craft at Mystic Seaport Museum from 1969 to 1995, he became the leading advocate and teacher of building small wooden boats. He sought out the best remaining examples of classic wooden boats. Then he measured them, drew them, researched their histories, and wrote out instructions so clear and complete that any amateur builder with modest talent and ambition could build a beautiful boat. And thousands have. This commemorative edition combines Building Classic Small Craft, Volume 1 and More Building Classic Small Craft, and also contains a selection of eulogies from Gardner's legions of fans. Here you'll find all the plans, measurements, and directions a reader needs to build any of 47 beautiful small boats for oar, sail, or motor, including dories, peapods, Whitehalls, Rangeley boats, wherries, Sea Bright skiffs, and more.
John Gardner has engaged and inspired more individuals connected with traditional small boat craft than will ever be counted.''
Any beginner can appreciate this book, but it will take some research and effort to learn lofting and make use of the plans provided. I'm afraid most amateurs will probably be overwhelmed when they see the lofting charts. Don't be dissuaded, it looks more complicated than it really is. Tutorials and videos are all over the internet. Even if you don't plan on building any of these boats, the stories and information provided herein are equally valuable.
- there is a lot of valuable boatbuilding material inside, thou as it is contained within boat's construction notes, it's hard to extract. This book will not be a reference manual.
- Boat's construction methods are not so classic. There is a lot of plywood and epoxy.
- Selection of designs was rather unsatisfying for me. There are wonderful rowboat designs (peapods, whitehalls) but it lacks in sailboat area. If you are not sailboat maniac you will find interesting designs on all levels of difficulty, after all.
- The level of details vary from design to design. Some are very complete step by step guides, others only rough sketches.
- As the book is about small craft there is little information about heavier backbone member construction. But to tell the truth I haven't found any book that would be satisfying in this field.
- For me, notes at the end (boatbuilder's planes) were one of the most interesting and part of the whole volume (along with boat's and builder's histories).