One man learns the ancient skills of boatbuilding to connect with fatherhood. A writer following in the bestselling footsteps of Adam Nicolson, Tim Moore and Charlie Connelly - discovering what make modern man tick through the discovery of a craft long forgotten.Jonathan Gornall celebrates the art and craft of boat-building, and the simple pleasures of working with your hands. How to Build a Boatis the story of a thoroughly unskilled modern man who, inspired by his love of the sea and what it has taught him about life, sets out to build a traditional wooden boat as a gift for hisnewborn daughter. It is, he recognises, a ridiculously quixotic challenge. He isn't even sure what type of boat he should build, what wood he should use, the tools he will need or, come to that, where on earth he will build it. He has much to consider, and even more to learn. But, undaunted by his ignorance, he embarks on a voyage of rediscovery, determined to navigate his way back to a time when a man could fashion his future and leave his mark on history using only time-honoured skills and the ancient tools and materials at hand.