How to Build a Tin Canoe
Robb White

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Narrated By: Robb White

Duration: 5 hours and 50 minutes

What to expect

While still a young boy, Robb White built his first boat, hewn from the tin roof of an abandoned chicken coop in the back yard. Today, without any formal training, White constructs some of the most sought-after wooden boats around.

In How to Build a Tin Canoe, this Southern raconteur and self-taught, expert wooden-boat builder builder recounts tall tales of a life lived on the water, from his childhood exploring the Gulf of Mexico to growing up—or not really growing up—to share his accrued wisdom with others. With wry humor, he offers such life lessons as how to survive rampaging monkeys and how to stop a turtle from eating your boat. Both wise and entertaining, How to Build a Tin Canoe will find a place on the shelves of all readers who love fishing, boating, and great storytelling.


Memoirs, Ships and boats: general interest

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“White’s character comes through in his voice as he describes a way of life unknown to most of us. Though he’s cantankerous, White’s real subject is joy; it would be a shame to miss him telling of it.”


“Overflows with down-home charm…Endlessly enjoyable, especially for those who like to mess about in boats.”


“White does his own narrating and he is superb with his mellow voice, Southern-flavored speech, timing, storytelling way, and good humor…Absolutely delightful.”


“A graceful primer on life and how to sail through it with character, easy grace, and personal priorities all in a row.”

Kirkus Reviews

"White...has also been blessed with the gene of gifted storytelling."