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Pigeons & Gudgeons

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Pigeons and Gudgeons spans different styles of boatbuilding and related trades to provide you with explanations of the often mysterious terminology used in boatbuilding.

Boatbuilding, like this book, draws on the skills of machinists, patternmakers, sailmakers, sparmakers, caulkers, finishers, riggers, and others. It's dictionary and glossary because it contains elements of both. Actually, it's more of a modest boatbuilder's encyclopedia, with concise explanations and plenty of photos and drawings. Boatbuilding becomes instantly more understandable when you understand the language.

Prior to the publication of this book, the chances of finding a concise answer to a marine or shop related question was largely a hit or miss proposition. Even for those of us with a rather respectable boatbuilding library and files of clippings, the trick is still to put your finger on the information when it is needed. Here is a resource that you can keep alongside your favorite chair or in your shop that you can access any time.

Case in point...Spanish Windlass in use..two of them actually, being used to maintain the beam of a lapstrake canoe during timbering out.

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Prior to the publication of this book, the chances of finding a concise answer to a marine or shop related question was largely a hit or miss proposition. Even for those of us with a rather respectable boatbuilding library and files of clippings, the trick is still to put your finger on the information when it is needed. Here is a resource that you can keep alongside your favorite chair or in your shop that you can access any time.

How about traditional caulking tools and how they are used? Those are in this book too.

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Old and new are covered. Do you know what scantlings are?...how about gin poles?...or deadrise?...or ship splices?...or perhaps old Maine terms like Friendship Sloop or gone democratic? Do you know what a bevel board or back and forth lacing or a balanced rudder looks like? You are apt to encounter all of those things in your reading.

When you're in your shop, could you use a chart that tells you the Suggested RPM Range of Drilling Mild Steel?...or a Bolt Thread Chart?...or a Bandsaw Blade Chart that shows the recommended blades and speeds for cutting boatbuilding woods as well as metals?

Pigeons and Gudgeons...245  8.5" x 11" pages with135 photos and drawings.

 

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  1. Great set of Lofting

    Posted by Greg Richmond on Jul 10th 2016

    First time builder Walter is very helpful with questions

  2. Great read

    Posted by Greg Richmond on Jul 10th 2016

    Very helpful for the person new to the trade

  3. Pigeons and Gudgeons - Your Access To The Terminology Of The Downeast Boatyard

    Posted by Paul Marcotte on Sep 14th 2015

    I wish I had read Pigeons and Gudgeons prior to attending the Wooden Boat School. All industries have their own language and mastering the language is an important step in getting the most out training and readings. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Mr. Simmons included an excellent description of "gone Democrat". My only suggestion for improving the book would be to add more illustrations.

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