Sloop: Restoring My Family's Wooden Sailboat--An Adventure in Old-Fashioned Values

Sloop: Restoring My Family's Wooden Sailboat--An Adventure in Old-Fashioned Values Daniel Robb
  • Title: Sloop: Restoring My Family's Wooden Sailboat--An Adventure in Old-Fashioned Values
  • Author: Daniel Robb
  • ISBN: 9780743202398
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sloop: Restoring My Family's Wooden Sailboat--An Adventure in Old-Fashioned Values Daniel Robb Sloop Restoring My Family s Wooden Sailboat An Adventure in Old Fashioned Values When Daniel Robb set out to rebuild a family sailboat that had been deteriorating for years he couldn t have anticipated what he was getting into Although Robb was a skilled carpenter boatbuilding a
    When Daniel Robb set out to rebuild a family sailboat that had been deteriorating for years, he couldn t have anticipated what he was getting into Although Robb was a skilled carpenter, boatbuilding and boat repair required a specialized set of skills And this wasn t just any boat it was a Herreshoff 12 1 2, a classic wooden sailboat Built especially for the coastalWhen Daniel Robb set out to rebuild a family sailboat that had been deteriorating for years, he couldn t have anticipated what he was getting into Although Robb was a skilled carpenter, boatbuilding and boat repair required a specialized set of skills And this wasn t just any boat it was a Herreshoff 12 1 2, a classic wooden sailboat Built especially for the coastal waters of New England, this little sloop had sailed for years out of the author s boyhood home in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, before being relegated to a quiet corner of a yard, no longer the focus of the family s summer Restoring the sailboat was both an act of respect and an homage to a place and a way of life that are in jeopardy of disappearing Sloop is the captivating story of Daniel Robb s education in boatbuilding, peopled by an eccentric cast of characters lumbermen, boatbuilders, and local artisans who are part of a changing and perhaps dying world They tell Robb how to find the materials certain kinds of wood, fastenings, caulking, and canvas he ll need, which are increasingly hard to come by, and they educate him in the techniques of restoration, an all but lost art Building and restoring wooden boats means an initiation into a world where life is lived simply, with respect for materials, for labor, and for the local waters A craftsman and environmentalist, Robb is a willing and able student, and although the restoration of the boat takes far time and effort than he d calculated, it is ultimately successful After all Robb s struggles with quartersawn white oak, homemade steam boxes, bronze screws, copper rivets, andold mast hoops, the Herreshoff sails again and a dying art and a vanishing way of life remain alive and vibrant just a while longer By turns charming, meditative, and wonderfully quirky, Sloop is a paean to a sense of place and to old fashioned values.
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    1. One of the most condescending, smug, and disingenuous books I have ever encountered Awful, awful, awful I d take away stars from this rating and bestow them upon myriad other works before ever offering even a zero star rating to this Daniel Robb manages to out smug cloud George Clooney s 2006 Academy Award acceptance speech But, of course, Robb has a few pages of material to work with than Clooney did.I m still not sure why Robb felt it necessary to inform us that the little cafe he visits for [...]

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    2. I like sailboats, heritage, and building things, so this book is satisfying for all those reasons Found myself wanting to understand the author better than he felt comfortable revealing in this autobiography Book also disjointed as if he did not have enough overall material to inlcude about the boat rebuilding itself and strayed to other topics as filler.

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    3. Like so many others of its ilk autobiopic testimonials yeah, I m talking to you Merle s Door Sloop sucks Robb wants us to suffer through each plank he removes and each nail he sinks as though he was building the Great Pyramids What s , through his half baked philosophical ramblings and romanticized accounts of people I know to be plain old Cape Codders, not going too far, but not doing nothing either the reader emerges with some hazy notion that restoring old stuff is some sort of religious expe [...]

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    4. A quick read Invoking Melleville, Thoreau and Sloacum, Robb invests his manual labor with literary significance part commentary on small town New England in conflict with suburbanization and part praise for the simple things Robb claims Thoreau s goal of learning the worth of something by measuring the work that goes into acquiring it The work is suffused with respect for craftsmen and good design As a sailor, I m awed by his talk of sailing a 16 foot boat in 25 knot winds and sleeping out at ni [...]

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    5. This book is as hard to finish as the author had writing it or refinishing the sloop The book gets lost in my house, I dream about it look for it can not remember what he was talking about By the time I pick it up again he is talking about all sorts of other stuff To me it seems of a book about how spoiled a signed artist can get And as the employee of an overly confident cottage designer builder of boats I will tell you there is GREAT problems with letting your ego go that far to the self cent [...]

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    6. sloop is tedious in parts, and unfortunately the best parts are when he isn t writing about boat building there is a secondary love story, that of his relationship to the landscape of cape cod, that is compelling, and a couple of boatbuilders who charm than he does it s just another boat book, though, and it won t scratch the travel itch either if you want to hear about tools, however, this is a good one for you.

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    7. I love this book His work, his outlook, his life, his writing style, his boat building friends, the location I enjoyed every bit of it He avoids being self indulgent and keeps the focus on the boat except when he doesn t, when he drifts into vignettes about life where he lives and the people he meets What a great read.

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    8. Having recently read, and enjoyed Robb s Crossing the Water , and having an affinity for restoring old boats, I anxiously dove into Sloop Expecting a quick cruise through the book, my sails luffed as I found the chapters swelling without crescendo I felt the book wandered and lacked a solid course.

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    9. If you are just learning to sail, like I am, this book is great It is story than text book, which keeps it interesting But it is full of sailing terminology and includes a glossary, so my sailing vocabulary grew by leaps and bounds.

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    10. I am obsessed with the subject, but this was Lunesta in ink The journal format was pretty weak It took months to finish and a big library fine because I could only read in 10 page increments before my head would hit the table.

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    11. Decent story, but way too much jargon Unless you re a sailor and small boat builder, you re not going to understand all the terms There is a glossary, but I found a lot missing More photos and diagrams would have been very helpful.

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    12. Good read Thoughtful Technically correct Not for the shallow reader.

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    13. very interesting Makes you want to go outside and build something, damnnit.

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    14. Of course I am reading this.

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    15. Was hoping to enjoy this tale of a man restoring his family s great old Herreshoff 12 1 2 But what a lot of ego and often smug self centered philosophizing.

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    16. Probably better if you understand ship building terminology, far too technical for me

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