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Netting - A History and How-to of Netmaking by Barbara M. Morton

Netting - A History and How-to of Netmaking by Barbara M. Morton

Down East Books ISBN 9780892722464

Barbara Morton tells us she discovered traditional netmaking in the late 1950’s when she went to live on the island of Vinalhaven in Maine. She has now written and illustrated this worthwhile modern methods manual, which is also an eye-witness account of traditional (and rapidly disappearing) American North-East coast netmaking. It is a large soft-cover book almost 11” x 81” (27.5 x 21.5 cm), with 143 pages containing basic techniques and tools, 29 practical projects, 40 photographs (many of which are archive material), 82 illustrations, fishermen’s nets, useful knots, and - a rare treat 36 facsimile pages from the 1887 edition of “The young Ladies’ Journal” Complete Guide to the Work-Table detailing what netmaking was done in the drawing room a century ago. This is an easily affordable collector’s item you can not only read but use.