“As well as being a comprehensive guide to wood finishing, this work celebrates the beauty of brightwork on boats.”—WoodenBoat
“A first class and highly readable text that should be mandatory reading for anyone who owns or is contemplating owning a wooden trimmed vessel.”—Sailing
“It’s elegant—elegant as the work it describes so successfully, elegant in its writing, elegant in its photography, and elegant physically as a volume.”—SAIL
“Brightwork provides all the information you need to avoid frustrations and costly mistakes and derive the greatest satisfaction from a process that can be its own reward.”—A Cruising World “Editor’s Choice”
Few things transform a boat into a yacht quite as gracefully as the incomparable look and texture of oiled, varnished, and bare wood surfaces. Drawing on her decades of brightwork experience, Rebecca Wittman shows you how to diagnose and cure a deteriorating finish, when cracked and flaking varnish can be patched and when it must be stripped and a new finish applied, how much sanding is truly necessary, and much more.