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Author Name:    ALVORD, Douglas

Title:   On The Water : The Romance and Lore of America's Small Boats.. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Yankee Books, Dublin, New Hampshire , 1988, ISBN:0899091571 

Seller ID:   24354

ALVORD, Douglas. On The Water : The Romance and Lore of America's Small Boats. Text and illustrations by Douglas Alvord. Dublin, New Hampshire : Yankee Books, (1988). First Edition. Pp (6),[7]-160. Oblong 8vo, brown cloth spine, brown paper-covered boards, with dark blue lettering to spine. Brice Douglas Alvord, (b. December 11, 1946, Portland Maine). "Small boats have always been an essential part of American life, but their social, historical, and cultural significance all too often has been overlooked. On the Water pays tribute to these boats and to their designers and builders. The book focuses on some of the watercraft that were introduced or are indigenous to America's eastern coast and waterways, and explores their history and evolution. Such traditional craft as the Grand Banks dory, the Adirondack guide boat, and the New Haven sharpie, as well as various styles of canoes, dinghies, and sloops, are described and depicted in finely detailed black-and-white drawings and beautiful full-color paintings. Beginning with an illustrated explanation of the basics of small boat design and construction, On the Water takes the reader inside the boat shops where history is built every day. Master boatbuilders share their thoughts and feelings about their trade, showing work in progress on re-creations of classic styles, or new designs inspired by traditional craft. "Necessity has been the commissioner of boat desgns, and specific local conditions and available materials the developer," writes Alvord. "Consequently, the seawortny Maine lobster boat has spawned many small power boats; the Chesapeake skipjack has inspired more than one fast pleasure boat; and both the eighteenth-century peapod and the canoe have influenced contemporary rowing oats. Most of these boats were developed hundreds of miles from each other, and the skills and designs were passed on largely by word of mouth, yet there is a common theme that seems tohave influenced boat design for centuries. Common sense and experience are the best teachers. Workbpats might be expected to be purely utilitarian, a nd their construction for the most part is straightorward and practical. But out of that simplicity often comes a sweet sense of beauty." The beauty that is a boat comes acoss to mariners and landspeople aiike in On the Water. Those interested in Americana also will appreciate the introduction to anart form that is as mucn a part of our country as are barns, folk crafts, and white-steepled churches." (rom the dj. Chapters : 1. Boat Basics; 2. The Native American Boat; 3. Gone Fishing; 4. The Lobsterman and the Boatbuilder; 5. Bugeyes, Tongers, and Watermen; 6. Sport and the Marshmen; 7. Flat-Water Sailing; 8. The Boats of Summer; 9. The Tradition Continues. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 35.00


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