Wooden Boat’s Review of ‘By Hound & Eye’


Wooden Boat magazine’s latest issue reviews “By Hound & Eye” by Jim Tolpin and George Walker and makes the case that the lessons in the book are ideal for boat builders trying to fit out the interiors of their crafts.

“How many well-built hulls have you seen that are spoiled by bad details – or by a lack of details?” writes Joe Youcha in the January/February 2016 (#248) issue. “The interior joinery of an otherwise nice cruising boat might be awkward and ugly, or the breastwork and quarter knees of a well-built skiff might seem clunky and ill-proportioned. How do you get these details right?”

Youcha makes the case that the “By Hound & Eye” workbook is a great place for builders to start.

“I love the workbook format where you get to try out the skills presented in the book and compare your work to the authors’ examples,” he writes. “You learn the foundational relationships inherent in ‘intuitive’ design – unified proportions, curves, and shapes that look good to the eye.”

Congratulations to George and Jim for such a nice write-up in such a prestigious magazine. They have worked hard to develop their method of training woodworkers to open their “design eye,” and now they might reach a few boat builders, too.

— Christopher Schwarz

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2 Responses to Wooden Boat’s Review of ‘By Hound & Eye’

  1. Rachael Boyd says:

    I just got By hand & Eye at Edensaw in Port Townsend. and as I was checking it out found it to be autographed by Jim himself, so far a good read. also just finished all my holiday spatulas last night and I am ready for Christmas. Chris you and all at LAP have a great day tomorrow.

  2. “… now they might reach a few boat builders, too” you say? Already did, I say. There are boatwrights here, too. Most boat builders and a lot of sailors ‘n’ stink-potters do a lot of woodworking of a variety of sorts, on the boats and on the shore.

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