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Canoe Rig [Hardcover]

Todd Bradshaw
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2001
Author/illustrator Todd Bradshaw was born in Waterloo, Iowa. He and his wife, Marite, make their home in Madison, Wisconsin, where Todd builds sails for a living under his shingle Addiction Sailmakers. Addiction was the name of his wooden Star-class sloop. She was rescued from oblivion, fully restored and then struck by lighten. For fun Todd rebuilds old boats, and designs new ones. His background in art and music, as well as having owned backpacking and canoeing businesses, are just some of the puzzle pieces that have converged to create this book.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat! Dec 21 2000
Format:Hardcover
This new book is chock full of clear, colorful computer drawings of details of various sail rigs, written by a guy who obviously knows what he's talking about. For the small boat enthusiast it's a real treat. Bradshaw has chapters on spars, leeboards, sails, mast support, and rigging, with an appendix featuring measured plans for sails and leeboards. It's clear and informative, and very hard to put down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Feb. 1 2002
Format:Hardcover
Excellent.
Well written, with wonderfully informative illustrations.
Pay close attention to the title because that is exactly what this book is for.
Precisely directed at those who are restoring an old canoe or putting a sail on an old canoe, and desire with that sailing apparatus, to maintain the patina and character of the "oldness."
If you are, as I am, seeking simply to put a sail on a modern canoe, I suppose there is still a good deal to learn from this book. I am getting inspiration from the diagrams and may one day, when I get more free time, build something like what is in this book.
It would be silly to build something according to the plans in this book and put it on a modern canoe. It would sail, no doubt. But the great sin would be the mixture of old and new.
There is enough technical information and close up drawings that I can work from and adapt to using aluminum and modern, manufactured items to create something to get on the water faster than building it all myself from scratch. That is mainly what the thrust of this book is all about, building and sailing it yourself, whilst keeping it's antique patina.
Great book. The author knows his subject.
Also an attractive coffee table book, even if you never do anything with the knowledge therein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to the Library Jan. 2 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Being single, I get to be my own Santa Claus. So this year Santa brought me " Canoe Rig, The Essence And The Art". Written and Illustrated by Todd E. Bradshaw. Although it looks more like a coffee Table book, the pages are filled with information. The illustrations are computer generated 3-D and are well detailed. There is also a lot of text explaining each type of sail. In the back of the book are scaled graphics to assist in making the sails. All in all an excellent book. I look forward to trying some of these sail configurations on my canoes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat! Dec 21 2000
By Stephen C. Lansdowne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This new book is chock full of clear, colorful computer drawings of details of various sail rigs, written by a guy who obviously knows what he's talking about. For the small boat enthusiast it's a real treat. Bradshaw has chapters on spars, leeboards, sails, mast support, and rigging, with an appendix featuring measured plans for sails and leeboards. It's clear and informative, and very hard to put down!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to the Library Jan. 2 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Being single, I get to be my own Santa Claus. So this year Santa brought me " Canoe Rig, The Essence And The Art". Written and Illustrated by Todd E. Bradshaw. Although it looks more like a coffee Table book, the pages are filled with information. The illustrations are computer generated 3-D and are well detailed. There is also a lot of text explaining each type of sail. In the back of the book are scaled graphics to assist in making the sails. All in all an excellent book. I look forward to trying some of these sail configurations on my canoes.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and elegant June 3 2005
By William F. Whalen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
CANOE RIG is three books in one. It is a book for people interested in books, it is a book about communicating information, and, it is a book for people who love canoes.

CANOE RIG is the book which any book lover will recognize as a "keeper." This book meets all the criteria for a classic: it has the size, the heft, and the shape - you want to share a comfortable chair with this book; it has the pedigree - the publisher, WoodenBoat, and the editor, Peter Spectre, have a reputation for perfection; and it was produced by an author whose devotion to the subject shows through on every page.

When I first opened CANOE RIG I turned each page as though the next illustration was going to pop-up from the page like some of those kids books. The pictures make you feel as though you are the first to discover the simple art of a canoe with a sail. You are drawn through this book - just like the way kids used to (perhaps still do) page through magazines and slap each picture and say "mine" -- you "want" every canoe you see, and you want to know more and more about those canoes. I found myself not just wanting to own the canoe, to sail the canoe, but I also wanted the canoe on a tee shirt, too!

As to the technical coverage of the book, Bradshaw has completely covered the world of canoe sailing. From the basics of wind to the complexities of spars, leeboards, sails, mast support, and rigging, and he included an appendix with measured drawings for sails and leeboards.

I contacted Bradshaw to ask him a question: had he ever read any of Edward Tufte's books on the visual display of information. I was disappointed to learn that he hadn't, for CANOE RIG is an excellent example of the principles proscribed by Tufte -- his books are the bibles of the information age. The illustration is truly worth thousands of words, and the words are straight, to the point and from the heart. Todd did relate that his formal schooling was in fine arts, sculpture in fact. Tufte raised the bar on illustration and information to the level of art - CANOE RIG met that mark.

As a book for lovers of canoes, CANOE RIG will become a classic. It will pose a dilemma for canoe sailors - should I use this book as a text, make notes in the margins, sketch in my own changes to some rigs - or should I keep it in its original condition, to savor on cold nights in the off season? It will also bring more canoeists into the sailing brotherhood - who can look at these simple, yet elegant, craft and not wish to own and sail one?

Simple and elegant are the two words which we strive to use whether we are building our canoeing skills or building our canoes. If it's a simple and elegant display by an accomplished freestyle paddler, we will stare in awe and admiration, because to make the difficult look simple and the precarious look elegant is an art. The sheer of a wood and canvas canoe will catch our eye - for it is simple and it is elegant - but we know that behind the simple is skill and struggle and tedium, and that behind the elegant is design for strength and worth and utility. Behind the simple and elegant CANOE RIG is a sculptor who has produced a work of art.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Feb. 1 2002
By Greg Morros - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Excellent.
Well written, with wonderfully informative illustrations.
Pay close attention to the title because that is exactly what this book is for.
Precisely directed at those who are restoring an old canoe or putting a sail on an old canoe, and desire with that sailing apparatus, to maintain the patina and character of the "oldness."
If you are, as I am, seeking simply to put a sail on a modern canoe, I suppose there is still a good deal to learn from this book. I am getting inspiration from the diagrams and may one day, when I get more free time, build something like what is in this book.
It would be silly to build something according to the plans in this book and put it on a modern canoe. It would sail, no doubt. But the great sin would be the mixture of old and new.
There is enough technical information and close up drawings that I can work from and adapt to using aluminum and modern, manufactured items to create something to get on the water faster than building it all myself from scratch. That is mainly what the thrust of this book is all about, building and sailing it yourself, whilst keeping it's antique patina.
Great book. The author knows his subject.
Also an attractive coffee table book, even if you never do anything with the knowledge therein.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any canoeist. March 20 2014
By andrew t clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I wish I had bought this years ago. Mr. Bradshaw has great illustrations. I borrowed it from a library years ago and finally had to yave my own.
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