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Brightwork [Paperback]

Rebecca Wittman


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Book Description

Dec 4 2006

“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.


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“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.

Rebecca Wittman cofounded The Teak Twins custom yacht refinishers in 1978 and has taught brightwork seminars at Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats. She is also the author of The Brightwork Companion (2004).

About the Author

Rebecca Wittman cofounded The Teak Twins custom yacht refinishers in 1978 and has taught classes at Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Brightastic July 29 2014
By John Koten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's a shame this book isn't being reprinted--and therefore available at a more reasonable price--because it is terrific. It's great when a text of this sort not only teaches me new things, but reminds me of things that I have learned but don't pay enough attention to. This book is not only beautifully presented, but the author's voice is a pleasure. It will help get you started in this type of finishing or it will challenge you to improve on your already accomplished skills. Love it. Wish there were more of it. Oh wait.... There's a companion book. I am going to order that now.
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.

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