To: WoodenBoat Devotees

You may have seen the book The Boys in the Boat a month or two ago in WoodenBoat's review section. It's a new title, and has just been released (June 4) by the publisher.... and we have stock. One reviewer calls it "Chariots of Fire with Oars". So if you're looking for a good summertime read, this might be one for the top of your stack.

Another recent arrival is Mastering Hand Tool Techniques. It's one of those books with the super-long subtitle that gives you the rundown: "A Comprehensive Guide on How to Sharpen, Tune, and Use Classic Hand Tools to Add Power to Your Woodworking". It's all of that, contained within a nicely produced book with quality paper and high-end images and drawings, belying its $20 price tag. It also has a section on identifying wood.

If you've read your heart-healthy cereal box blurbs for the umpteenth time, you'll welcome these Flags and Maine Vessels placemats as well as the Sailing Rigs placemats. They're quite interesting, and jam-packed with informative artwork. Two sides, and two different mats, from talented artist Jos Ruks, who makes his home in Maine.

We're coming down to the wire... just a few weeks until our WoodenBoat Show, at the Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic CT — June 28-30. Save some cash-ola by ordering your Advance Tickets now, and don't worry about them getting to you in the mail. We'll hold them for you near the Show entrance, by our 'credentials' table. And, if you've been to the show before, you've likely seen that we do bring quite a bit from our Store, but, between not being able to bring everything, and selling out of items, sometimes folks get disappointed. The cure? Pre-order from our Store Site, select "Pick-up at the WoodenBoat Show" for a delivery method, (no ship fees...) and we'll have your order for you at our WoodenBoat Store booth near the main entrance inside the show. We're right next to that circular blue WoodenBoat Magazine Subscription kiosk, where you'll want to stop and say hello to the always affable Patty Hutch, and sub-smart cohort Lorna Grant.

And lastly, if you're wondering where you might get timely wooden boaty-type news updates, click our News – Items of Interest section of the woodenboat.com site. You'll find good bits there.

-Scot & Crew

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pps: Mike O'Brien, publisher of Boat Design Quarterly says "thanks" to you folks for the overwhelming response to his BDQ 42 Sampler, from a couple of weeks ago.