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Sculling addict Darryl J. Strickler will tell you all about the history, design, and especially the use of single rowing sculls (the long, narrow boats with the outrigged oars).

He covers builders in the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, and the US. Canada builders include Kaschper, Levator, and Hudson, and the appendix includes lines drawings of a Kaschper shell. European builders include Stampfli, Pirsch, Empacher and others. For the US, Pocock from the Seattle area, Garafalo of Worcester, MA, Helmut Shoenbrod of Kennebunkport, ME, and even Graeme King of Putney, VT.

It's also about the boats from the rower/owner perspective. And, there's an in-depth section on the special oars which propel these boats, including Ciolli, Croker, Sargent & Burton, Piantedosi, Sims of Twickenham, Aylings, Shaw & Tenney, and more.

Many many photos, current and historical.

"The liberal array of beautiful photographs and illustrations are like a wonderful gravy that should make this book irresistable to anyone who has a love of wooden boats. Darryl's writing is top-notch, exhibiting the clarity and economy of a seasoned pro. All in all, I'd say this is a winner. "
--Dan Boyne, author of The Red Rose Crew and KELLY: a Father, a Son, an American Quest

And, from Diana Cook, of Way's Books, Henley on Thames...

"It is a wonderful book! Please tell Darryl Strickler he's done a really great job. The first of its kind worldwide... and it looks like being the definitive one too. I doubt anybody could better it - ever. Why would they need to, except this one will eventually go out of print and be hard to find. And WoodenBoat has done a most handsome job on the book design."

and this from Graham Bright, timber scull owner, Brisbane, Australia:
"This book can now be regarded as a well researched history of the wooden sculling boat built around the world, and filled with great photographs, stories by owners, and sketches. The section on sculling blades in particular, is beautifully presented in detail. This book is a must have for anyone who has an interest in rowing , and the preservation of these boats for posterity. "

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