The Brightwork Companion

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The Brightwork Companion: Tried-And-True Methods and Stronly Held Opinions in Thirteen and One-Half Chapters

Rebecca Wittman

1stPublisher: International Marine PublishingFormat: Paperback

Anyone who has seen a classic runabout (think “On Golden Pond”) know how beautiful varnished or oiled wood - i.e. brightwork - can look. But brightwork is not confined to boats built of wood. Step aboard any fibreglass boat, and chances are one of the first things you'll notice is the care lavished by the proud owner on the wood trim above and below decks - handrails, toerails, tiller, coamings, batches, cabin bulkheads, etc. Touching up the brightwork is an annual ritual of boat ownership. Or you can pay the boatyard to do it, at a cost up to $5,000 to strip and refinish toerails and coamings on a 33-foot fibreglass sailboat, for example. Rebecca Wittman's previous book, “Brightwork: the Art of Finishing Wood” is a rarity among boating how-to books, highly useful but at the same time handsome and literate. “The Brightwork Companion” is Wittman's lifeline for the weekend warrior with a brush, a can of varnish and two days to show results.Elegantly written, photographed and colour-printed, it is “brightwork” stripped to the essentials, a topic-by-topic presentation of bulleted procedures and summary tables set forth in two-page spreads to minimize page turning with varnish-coated fingers. Evaluating the condition of the wood to be treated, preparing the wood, bleaching, sanding, stripping, oiling, varnishing etc. - it's all here, for each type of job (spars, deck trim, interior, decks, etc.). As a companion to “Brightwork” or a standalone volume, “The Brightwork Companion” is sure to find fans worldwide.

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