God bless Jerry Stelmok. His book covers the nearly lost art of building the white cedar Maine guide canoe and it is a welcome addition to the archives of American craftsmanship. If you've ever seen a form sitting inverted in a workshop and then looked at a finished canoe propped up on sawhorses in the front yard you've wondered how the former came from the latter. The men who make these boats are called for their craftsmanship, not their articulateness and even the best often have difficulty explaining just how the process works. I once asked Fred Reckards how he got his canoes off the Templeton mold since the tumblehome held the form in such a death grip. He said, "Lot easier with the twenty. The twelve is pretty tight. Maybelle helps me get them off." And that's all the explanation I got. Jerry Stelmok puts the complex construction process into words and conveys the prep, the fabrication, and the finishing in an articulate and accessible language. The photographs belong in the Smithsonian; they are vital to understanding the process. I'm going to carry my copy around until I cross paths with Mr. Stelmok and I look forward to shaking his hand and getting his signature on the title page.