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Brightwork Paperback – Dec 4 2006

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Brightwork April 2 2008
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A book every wood finisher should have. Very detailed in its process of going from raw wood to bright work or for refinishing. If fact, the author is quite blunt in the need for precision--do it right or hire some one who can. The book is a hands-on guide and as the author states, keep it in the shop, not on a shelf.

If you haven't finished marine woodwork before, this book will be a bit threatening. But if you have the desire and the love of the work itself, it is an indespensible tool in getting that just right finish.

Pretty much the best, and most honest, how-to book I've ever owned and enjoyed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Brightwork Feb. 27 2010
By Thomas G Subirge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent book. Shows what to look for and how to treat it from stripping to final finish. Author mentions many of the products she uses for first class results, saving one from experimenting with lesser products/tools/techniques. Good advice on tool maintenance and various products that work better in some applications but not others, safety concerns and equipment, etc. Every detail is covered to give one a good idea of what to expect and how to tackle the full job. She shares a lifetime of experience that gives one no excuses for shabby looking finishes. The only item missing is where to find a blue light special on elbow grease. Rebecca has a good sense of humor throughout the book; she even shares methods on how to avoid consuming snake sandwiches! If you do a lot of varnish work, buy this book. It will save you serious time, effort and money learning the tricks of the trade and doing the job right the first time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great help for DIY boaters! Sept. 8 2009
By Lucinda Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We bought this and took her advise to redo the teak on our 34 Tartan sailboat and had great results - inspiring, honest and very helpful information - all ways and products are considered pro's and con's of each. Very well done and our toerail looks fantastic!!! Next spring - handholds and slats!!
Could be more concise and needs pictures of works in progress, but still a good book Jan. 15 2014
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The proof is in the woodworking and must admit, I looked at some brightwork I did prior to reading this book and after reading this book and the later was dramatically nicer. The book has lots of inspirational pictures, but really suffers from a lack of pictures of work in progress. Examples of wood that could be re-coated vs refreshed vs replaced would have been appropriate. A troubleshooting section with pictures of a finish that results from too much humidity or too much heat would have been nice. The inspirational photos are beautiful, but rarely helpful. After reading I also got the sense that the book was stretched out a bit to try to fill up a certain number of pages. The really key information could have been summarized in about 10 pages, though it is nice to have a complete guide, you have to read carefully to find the key information buried in there. There is a nice product guide at the end which I really liked since there are so many wood finishing products on the market and it was nice to have a concise guide of what the author thinks are the key products.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Why has this book been priced beyond the means of book buyers? Aug. 30 2011
By Nautical Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I cannot give the book a real rating because I can't read it. I can't read it because I can't buy it. I really wanted to buy this book, but I am not going to pay almost $300 for it, used. While While it may be flattering to the author to have a book in such high demand, it does a grave disservice to the potential reader. This is not a knock on the author as much as it is the publisher and the book sellers, some of whom are asking over $1000 per copy, and yet I cannot absolve the author entirely, either. If a book is in this much demand, either a. print more books (the publisher can do this), b. allow someone else to publish the book (the author can allow this), or, c. release the copyright and allow the book into the public domain so Google Books or any else that wants to can put it out there for everyone. Because the only thing worse than making a book too expensive for the average person to buy is burning it.