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For decades, boat building has catered for the rich and the elite, and has been out of the reach of ordinary people both economically and culturally Iain Oughtred has challenged this philosophy by designing beautiful yet inexpensive wooden boats which are ideal for amateur construction This book looks at his designs and philosophy....

Title : Iain Oughtred: A Life in Wooden Boats
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ISBN : 1408105152
ISBN13 : 978-1408105153
Format Type : Hardback
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Thomas Reed Publications Auflage UK ed 27 Mai 2009
Number of Pages : 480 Pages
File Size : 699 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Iain Oughtred: A Life in Wooden Boats Reviews

  • Arco-baleno
    2019-04-04 04:39

    Nachdem wir ein Acorn 12'gebaut hatten,wollten wir über diesen grossartigen Bootsdesigner mehr erfahren.In meiner 35 jährigen Tätigkeit als Schreiner war und ist dieses Projekt eines der Besten.

  • Captain Pea
    2019-04-12 07:18

    This is a biography of one of the most influential boat designers in Britain today. Iain Oughtred's designs have won him world renown as a designer that produces beautiful boats with traditional roots that may be made by amateurs using modern techniques. It outlines his early life in Australia, his move to England, his experiences in the USA, finding his spiritual roots in Scotland, and, despite being one of the most successful designers of modern times, living a somewhat lonely life in what almost amounts to apparent squalor and poverty. It is an interesting life, but the biographer teases us into wanting a little more. Oughtred appears to be a private character and through the narrative there is the feeling that there is more to know, although some of the questions are resolved in the final epilogue.The book contains two extensive appendices.The first is a simple list of Oughtred's designs: name, length, type of craft, and a few notes eg. whether built and who commissioned it.Appendix 2 is an selection of his designs with examples of plans. It is organised into prams (2); canoes, rowing and riverboats (5); traditional dinghies (4); sailing dinghies (3); dories (2); double enders (5); faerings (2); and cruising yachts (4). Unfortunately, although the plans give a general idea of the boats, they are printed at too small a scale to be examined in detail. There are also few pictures of the boats except as they may occur to accompany the biography section. This is a major failing. However some of the photos that do occur are very well executed and evocative of place.There are also many photos of Iain's life, but it would have been so nice to have a more compehensive pictoral overview of his designs and their evolution.This is a good informative read for those interested in modern wooden boatbuilding and the man behind the designs, but fails to make it to five stars because of the poor reproduction of the plans, lack of a comprehensive photo record of the boat designs, and a somewhat unengaged biographical style.

  • William Purcell
    2019-04-12 06:20

    This book is a biography of Iain and I couldn't put it down. I have just finished building my first wooden boat- a Wee Rob. Maybe I have a particular affinity formed by the long hours in the shed at night placing my trust in Iain's plans. For me this book was a great way to cap off my project. I found the small study plans useful to understand Iain's other boat designs, and also his naming system.I have heard said of this book " it's not just the ply that's tortured" and that, I'm afraid is the essence of Iain.

  • HarDenz
    2019-03-26 10:18

    A magnificent book for anyone who appreciates Iain Oughtred's designs, this book provides one with great insight to the man, his life's work and the boats he has created. Highly recommended

  • Jerilou Jones
    2019-04-07 07:09

    My husband has purchased plans to build one of Mr. Oughtred's boats. This book added personality to the endeavor and a bit of magic.

  • Steve Cranch
    2019-04-17 06:25

    Great insight into a facinating and talented man. Beautifully researched and writen by Nic Compton.A delight to have on the bookshelf.