To: WoodenBoat Devotees

Thank goodness nice books continue to be published.

This recent arrival: Making Wood Tools by John Wilson (not our Jon Wilson) is one very handsome book packed with scads of tools you can make. And, John will be teaching this very topic at the end of June, here on the WoodenBoat campus, as part of a summer packed with good courses offered by our WoodenBoat School.

We now have the GL Watson book in stock. You may be familiar with MADGE, his design which we've offered half-model plans for many years, or perhaps you read about PEGGY BAWN, the 1894 cutter featured in WB #202, or you may already be aware of his history with the America's Cup boats. The 496 page book is not only a testament to the craft of GL Watson, it's also a testament to the craft of producing beautifully made books. And we just happen to have some copies that came all the way from Ireland, ready to ship to your door.

If you've not visited our WoodenBoat Forum's Boatbuilding section in a bit, take a couple of minutes to look at these two remarkable threads: Building the rig on the Tops'l Schooner Phoenix and Rebuilding Haabet. You may find that entire section a bit addictive, so consider yourself forewarned.

Years ago we had a section on the WB site called My Wooden Boat. Neat area as folks would post their boat, and a bit of information about it. Recently revived (in a nicer format) is the Launchings section on the WoodenBoat site. Sign-up and you can even post your own boat's launching. Pick your best launching (or re-launching) photo and look at some of the info others have supplied so you have an idea of some details to include.

And finally, spring must be coming to New England because it's almost time for the Maine Boatbuilder's Show, in Portland, ME, Fri-Sat-Sun, March 15-17. There are a ton of terrific exhibitors there, including WoodenBoat staff.

-Scot & Crew