This story chronicles Lawrence Cheek's experiences as he sets out to build a classic wooden sailboat—a task more difficult than he imagined. While navigating his way through marine blueprints and epoxy, he struggles with issues that shape his family and personal life. In the end, his perseverance leads to greater self-awareness and a flawed—yet wholly satisfying—wooden sailboat. His boat building adventures began with a kit, evolved to a cedar kayak, and culminated in the wooden sailboat at the heart of this memoir. Lawrence Cheek is the architecture critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and has been nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize in criticism. He has written more than 500 magazine articles ranging from architecture and urban environments to travel and lifestyle. Lawrence first took up sea kayaking when he moved to Seattle in 1995.(booksense)
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