Brightwork Paperback – Dec 4 2006
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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).See all Product Description
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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.
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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I learned the techniques in this book to strip and refinish the brightwork on my yacht. The results were outstanding. The
compliments from boat admirers are endless. Read more
I bought the "companion" too. Recommend both but the companion is better for quick reference and this book adds extra colour for those who love varnishingPublished on Dec 7 2012 by Jeraf
I found the book absolutely engrossing. I am buying an older wooden trawler with lots of brightwork, and this book helped to ease my fears. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2001 by Cois Abhann