WoodenBoat magazine says this book "delights the eye while informing the mind." It takes you through the construction of Rebecca of Vineyard Haven, a sixty-foot wooden schooner designed and built by one of the few boatyards in the United States devoted exclusively to the design, construction and repair of traditional wooden boats. At the time Rebecca was constructed, she was the largest sailing vessel built on the Island of Martha's Vineyard since the election of Abraham Lincoln and the only boat of her type being built anywhere in the world. In words and extraordinary photos, you learn that every part of Rebecca is built or cast by hand by the few craftsmen in the world who still do this work. She is, as one of her builders calls her, poetry on water. Jon Wilson of WoodenBoat magazine calls this book "exquisitely beautiful." And singer James Taylor, whose boat was the first one built at the yard, labels the work being done there "astonishing." In a world that puts the word "disposable" in front of everything from cash to razors, the story that Schooner shows and tells will appeal to boat lovers, book lovers, and everyone who cares about the skill required to build something significant and useful and lovely, not just for today and tomorrow, but for the ages.
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Tom Dunlop is the author of Morning Glory Farm and the Family that Feeds an Island, and the co-editor of the Vineyard Gazette Reader. He has worked as an actor, fund-raiser for an off-Broadway theater company, and a writer. He lives in New York City and Martha's Vineyard. Photographer Alison Shaw moved to Martha's Vineyard "just for the summer" in 1975 and has been a year-round resident since. Her work has graced nine books, as well as numerous magazines and newspapers across the country. The Alison Shaw Gallery, home of Alison's fine art photography, is int he Arts District of Oak Bluffs, MA.Review:
(I found) both joy and beauty in the pages of this book. ...Schooner delights the eye while informing the mind. ...(Photographer) Alison Shaw found sculpture in some of the most routine objects in the boatshop. She did not miss a beat...and some of her extemporaneous portraits of the people who built Rebecca are stunning and perhaps unparalled in the annals of boatbuilding documentation. (Writer) Tom Dunlop strikes a good balance (in his boatbuilding narrative), celebrating the gestalt of wooden boats without teaching you how to build one. --WoodenBoat magazine, July/August 2010
On the island of Martha's Vineyard, three miles off the coast of Massachusetts, it was the most festive launch in more than a generation: the christening of Rebecca of Vineyard Haven, a 60-foot, 76,000-pound schooner designed and built, plank on frame, at the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, one of the leading traditional boatbuilding yards on the U.S. continent.
Cannons fired around the waterfront village of Vineyard Haven, a Korean War-era Ryan Navion L-17 warbird laced the sky with white smoke, the ferry Nantucket fired jets of water from her stern doors, and hundreds of Vineyarders cheered as the largest sailing vessel to be built on the island since Abraham Lincoln's election 141 years before rolled down the ways into the harbor at Vineyard Haven.
Indeed, the fuss over Rebecca was justified. As her hull slid gracefully into the water, admirers could only marvel and breathe sighs of relief at the project's completion after the bankruptcy of her original owner. A long but finally successful search for a new owner averted the threat of a partially finished hull being left bone dry in the yard.
In 2010, Gannon & Benjamin mark 30 years of distinctive boatbuilding, and Rebecca begins her 10th year of stylishly carrying crew throughout the world's illustrious cruising grounds. Schooner: Building a Wooden Boat on Martha's Vineyard, chronicles the dramatic tale of how the fate of boat and yard became irrevocably intertwined. For more about Rebecca and Gannon & Benjamin, see below. --Cruising World, June 2010 issue
A big, beautiful book about a stunning boat. --Boston Globe, June 6, 2010
In naming Schooner one of the top photo books in 2010, Shutterbug magazine says, "Talented author Tom Dunlop's lively and informative text is carefully paired with acclaimed photographer Alison Shaw's expertly composed, crystal-clear images. Together they bring the story to life and allow the reader to share the wonderful experience of the creation of this beautiful vessel." --Shutterbug magazine, December 2010
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Descripción Vineyard Stories, 2010. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110615342671