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The Willits brothers and their canoes : wooden boat craftsmen in Washington state, 1908-1967

Author: Patrick F Chapman
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This combination biography and company history tells the story of Earl and Floyd Willits and their unique canoe company. Beginning with their family's westward migration from Iowa, it follows the brothers as they set about starting the business that would become their lifelong work. Interviews with surviving contemporaries and family members add a personal dimension to the story"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chapman, Patrick F., 1957-
Willits brothers and their canoes.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2006
(OCoLC)761299323
Named Person: Earl Carmi Willits; Floyd Calvin Willits; Earl Carmi Willits; Floyd Calvin Willits; Earl Carmi 1889 Willits; Floyd Calvin 1892 Willits
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick F Chapman
ISBN: 0786425733 9780786425730
OCLC Number: 67405513
Description: xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The brothers --
Childhood and family matters --
Early Washington years --
A canoe company is born --
Serious business and the business of war --
Second to none: the Day Island years --
Marriages --
End of an era --
Lost opportunities --
The canoes --
The sincerest of flattery --
Hand made, or machine made? manufacturing methods and canoe details --
People prefer Willits canoes to all others --
Willits canoes today: availability, repairs, restoration --
Appendices: Willits Brothers Canoe Company logbook --
Instructions for refinishing canoe --
Instructions for sailing accessories --
Instructions for portaging yoke --
Instructions for repairing planking --
Prices of Willits Brothers Canoe Company canoes and accessories, 1928-1964 --
Price comparison of Willits Brothers canoe with Old Town Canoe Company OTCA, 17 foot, AA grade or equivalent canoe, 1915-1964 --
Willits Brothers canoe serial numbers and year of manufacture --
Serial number codes stamped on inside stem of Willits Brothers canoes, 1934-1963 --
Museums with Willits canoes in their collection --
Plans of Willits Brothers canoes --
1926-1928 catalog of the Willits Brothers Canoe Company --
1951 catalog of the Willits Brothers Canoe Company.
Responsibility: Patrick F. Chapman ; foreword by Jerry Stelmok.
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Earl and Floyd Willits built some of the world's finest canoes, first in Tacoma, Washington, then on Day Island, right off of Puget Sound in Seattle. This combination biography and company history  Read more...

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