Cover image for Boatbuilder
Wurmfeld, Hope Herman.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan ; London : Collier Macmillan, [1988]

Physical Description:
64 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-8. Ralph Stanley, a fourth-generation sailor, is a master builder who repairs, restores, and builds boats in his Maine boatyard. He works in wood, rather than fiberglass, and Wurmfeld's engrossing photo essay shows exactly how Stanley designs and assembles a wooden craft from start to finish. His project here is a 19-foot sailboat commissioned by an old family friend for a son going off to school. The narrative describes how Stanley conceives a design, makes his pattern, and then begins actual construction. There is a sense of reverence to the text, which emphasizes the skill and artistry necessary to complete a sturdy, seaworthy craft. The photos are appropriately descriptive and do a fine job of displaying the step-by-step activities. Wurmfeld uses nautical terms in the text without always defining them; however, an extensive glossary supplies landlubbers with necessary explanations. A caring exposition sure to foster an appreciation for a rare skill. DMW. 623.8'23 Friendship sloops-Design and construction / Stanley, Ralph W. / Boatbuilding-Maine [CIP] 87-21153

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up To be sure, the text which accompanies these 56 black-and-white photographs of boatbuilding is very brief, but the easy-to-read style is succinct and effectively yields a surprisingly clear impression of the art and skill of wooden boatbuilding. Ralph Stanley is a fourth-generation boat builder who owns and operates a small, traditional boatyard in Maine. It is therefore fitting that he has chosen to design and build a 19-foot Friendship sloop, one of the classic New England boat types. The book briefly tells about designing, framing, planking, caulking, rigging, and other skills that are used by a builder. Technical errors do occur: a bowstay should be a bobstay , one does not paint a coat of bedding compound, nor is it necessary for all wooden boats to be hauled out every winter. Sometimes it is difficult to understand how a photograph relates to the text, and sometimes is is hard to determine who's who in the photograph. However, these problems are minor. Boatbuilder gives an accurate feeling for traditional boatbuilding and depicts a way of life in a Down East community that is probably disappearing. Don Reaber, Meadowdale High School, Lynnwood, Wash. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.