Rowable Classics: Wooden Single Sculling Boats and Oars

Rowable Classics: Wooden Single Sculling Boats and Oars

by Darryl J. Strickler


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ISBN-13: 9780937822968
Publisher: WoodenBoat Publications
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Darryl Strickler started building boats and sculling at the age of 12 and is still rowing more than 50 years later-often two or three times a day-and always in wooden boats propelled by wooden oars. He is one of the founders of Indianapolis Community Rowing, where he also coached competitive masters-level scullers and taught many people how to scull using video feedback and other innovative methods. Dr. Strickler has worked professionally in the field of cognitive psychology, taught at major universities, and rowed competitively all over the world. In the process, he has owned and rowed literally hundreds of wooden single sculling boats, arguably more than anyone else anywhere. He has first-hand experience with virtually every major (and minor) sculling boat builder's boats and oars.
What most people might call a "hobby out of control," Strickler refers to as his "deep sickness." But it is a sickness that has paid-off in his depth of knowledge and intense passion for this very special type of boat, their builders, and what is required to acquire, restore, row, and maintain them. His current work is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of these "rowable classics" as evidenced by this book.
Strickler lives in a boathouse on the Fox River near Chicago, Illinois, much of the year and spends his summers in a 100-year-old boathouse on the St. George River in mid-coast Maine. Not too surprisingly, both boathouses are filled with wooden single sculling boats and wooden oars. His motto is simple: "Follow your passion, do good work . . . and Row Wood!"

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Rowable Classics: Wooden Single Sculling Boats and Oars 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
krattie More than 1 year ago
When the elements of wood and water meet in the form of a hand built wooden rowing boat, magic is created. Not only does Dr. Strickler recognize this magic but has done a wonderful job of conveying it to his readers. The book organization is very well planned with a section on the builder and then on a featured boat followed by an interview with its owner. This brings the subject to life and avoids being simply a catalogue of wooden boat builders, most of them no longer in operation. Much of the history of wooden boats takes place overseas and Dr. Strickler is to be commended on the depth and quality of his research: I was thrilled to see the names of people with whom I have rowed in the UK mentioned in this book. I particularly liked the section on oars (sculls to be precise) and the photographs are exemplary. As the number of rowable wooden boats inevitably declines, this book will serve as an important document not only of their history but of the inspiration they have given to their makers and owners. If one cannot own a wooden rowing single oneself, then this book is the next best thing.
Romaine More than 1 year ago
First, full disclosure - My every-day rower is a 1987 Staempfli, and I built an Annapolis wherry a couple of years ago. I'm a true believer. Dr Strickler's book is beautifully produced, and full of photos of gorgeous boats. His prose gives a lucid history of the evolution of the sport of rowing from pre-history to the present. The organization is logical (by geographical area, and then by builder). He profiles with wry humor and insight the monumental egos and fierce pride of the craftsmen who lovingly brought these beauties into being. This book is a must-have for any rower, lover of wooden boats, or fancier of craftsmanship at a high level.
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audbrant More than 1 year ago
Great book with lots of information and beautiful photos. I bought this book for my husband, who just learned to scull. He absolutely loves it.
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