October 14, 2015

To: WoodenBoat Devotees

Now in affordable paperback, we have the book Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Reviewed by Small Boats Monthly editor Christopher Cunningham in WB #232, Chris wrote "The story deserves a more visible place in history, and Brown has brought it to light in a way that will appeal to readers regardless of their knowledge of or interest in rowing or wooden boats. It's a story about universal human values: striving for excellence and the triumph of teamwork." And, it gets the "highly recommended" nod from my bride.

We have yet another handy new tool... the Shinto Saw Rasp. It has both fine and course sides, much like a regular wood rasp, but this is made of blades, criss-crossed in an open diamond pattern so the woody bits don't clog-up the teeth. Pretty smart.

Some boats know how to get around. There's a boat that made it into Paul Gartside's Plans & Dreams book, as well as the Silent Maid book... and now it's the cover girl of the new November/December WoodenBoat! Sjogin (So-Gin... the j is silent) is a boat that is so pretty, folks just can't get enough of her. Owned by Russ Manheimer for 30+ years, you'll understand what all the fuss is about when you read the article, and see those fabulous photos. Extra images are on the WB Forum.

Also in the new issue of WoodenBoat (that's a link to the digital issue) is a review of an Elco electric outboard. We mention it here because there's nifty bonus content video from WoodenBoat in addition to the written review. This new outboard is put through the paces on a Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff, with none other than teacher/builder/author Greg Rossel behind the wheel.

In spite of over 23 inches of rainfall recently (thanks, Joaquin) in Georgetown, South Carolina, the 26th annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show takes place this coming weekend, and our WoodenBoat School director Rich Hilsinger will be on hand. You'll recognize him... he looks just like he did 25 years ago.

And lastly, if you are intrigued by how folks spend their time in wooden boats, in especially breathtaking parts of the world, check Haabet's posting on our WoodenBoat Forum about Fjord Rowing. There are fantastic photos as well as a video of the the trip. Watch that video and you'll then see a few more of his time-lapse videos. Well worth your "effort" to click a few links.

-Scot & Crew

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