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Brightwork Paperback – Dec 4 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (Dec 4 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071486577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071486576
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,661,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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``Everyone who does varnishing should have this book!--Wittman does an outstanding job of educating in all there is to know about this critical stage of boat restoration--A superb book I highly recommend.'' (Classic Boating)

``It's elegant--elegant as the work it describes so successfully, elegant in its writing, elegant in its photography.'' (Sail)

``Packed with useful information for both amateur and professional refinsishes alike--A first class and highly readable text that should be mandatory reading for anyone who owns or is contemplating owning a wood-trimmed vessel--The book's only drawback is that it's so beautiflly illustrated that you'll need to buy a second copy to replace the one assigned to your cofee table.'' (Sailing) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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).

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The brightwork Bible. Essential reading for anyone interested in refinishing wood, but of particular interest to boat owners. The book is recommended for its lucid descriptions of refinishing techniques, procedures, and materials. Some innovations have emerged in the interim after its publication, notably oscillating power tools such as the Fein Multimaster, but for the most part the suggestions are still relevant. Even though the author may no longer be pursuing a boat refinishing career, the benefit of her experience emanates from every page and gorgeous photograph. Rebecca Rules!
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Format: Hardcover
I'm firmly resolved to hereafter always buy how-to-do-it books written by women. Brightwork tells you everything, unlike most h-t-d-i books that tell you everything except for that one elementary essential detail that you probably should know, but don't.
And when you just can't get up the energy to do yet more tedious prep work on your boat, you can just pull out the book, read some of Rebecca's engaging prose, drink in the beauty of the photographed boats, and next thing you know you can't wait to tear into your project again.
This is the book to buy.
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Format: Hardcover
Rebecca Wittman has obviously scraped, sanded and varnished many, many boats. But the whole time she has been thinking about ways of doing it better.

Her advice is practical, effective and tested.

I only wish I could get her to do my "brightwork". Failing that, her book is the next best thing.
It is also a very beautiful book. So beautiful that you might need 2 copies; one to refer to while you are working, the other to read when you in your arm-chair at home.
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We bought this book when we purchased our 1942 40' cruiser. Rebecca taught us what to do (and not do) to keep "September Morn" in excellent condition; what to use and the tools you will need to do the job right. We learned very quickly that if we followed her refinishing program, we could spend more time cruising and less time sanding.
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