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Description - The Brightwork Companion by Rebecca Wittman

Anyone who has seen a classic runabout (think "On Golden Pond") know how beautiful varnished or oiled wood - i.e. brightwork - can look. But brightwork is not confined to boats built of wood. Step aboard any fibreglass boat, and chances are one of the first things you'll notice is the care lavished by the proud owner on the wood trim above and below decks - handrails, toerails, tiller, coamings, batches, cabin bulkheads, etc. Touching up the brightwork is an annual ritual of boat ownership. Or you can pay the boatyard to do it, at a cost up to $5,000 to strip and refinish toerails and coamings on a 33-foot fibreglass sailboat, for example. Rebecca Wittman's previous book, "Brightwork: the Art of Finishing Wood" is a rarity among boating how-to books, highly useful but at the same time handsome and literate. "The Brightwork Companion" is Wittman's lifeline for the weekend warrior with a brush, a can of varnish and two days to show results. Elegantly written, photographed and colour-printed, it is "brightwork" stripped to the essentials, a topic-by-topic presentation of bulleted procedures and summary tables set forth in two-page spreads to minimize page turning with varnish-coated fingers. Evaluating the condition of the wood to be treated, preparing the wood, bleaching, sanding, stripping, oiling, varnishing etc. - it's all here, for each type of job (spars, deck trim, interior, decks, etc.). As a companion to "Brightwork" or a standalone volume, "The Brightwork Companion" is sure to find fans worldwide.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780071422772
ISBN-10: 0071422773
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 154mm x 7mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Professional
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rebecca Wittman

Rebecca Wittman cofounded a custom yacht refinishing company, The Teak Twins, in 1978. Since that time she has refinished countless boats in Seattle, Washington, and Marina del Rey, California, and has taught seminars on brightwork at Seattle's Center for Wooden Boats. Her 1990 book Brightwork: The Art of Finishing Wood is considered a classic in the field.