Ed Tosti is the author of The Naiad Frigate, a two volume work describing the construction of an authentically framed model of a British frigate of the late 18th century and of Young America 1853, Modeling the Extreme Clipper, the first volume in this series. All of this work is an expression of Ed's interest in historically accurate, framed modeling. The current series, expected to be realized in three volumes extends this interest into mid-19th Century America and the world of the extreme Cape Horn clipper.
A technical background, plus interests in model making and history have combined to provide motivation tor the drafting, model work, and writing involved in both these projects. Following graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 196G and for the next 25 years, Ed put his Mechanical Engineering degree to work in the design, construction and startup of large-scale chemical process plants for a major multi-national chemicals firm. He has held senior engineering management positions in Europe and the United States. He spent the last 10 years of his working lite managing global information systems projects and in corporate information technology management.
Retirement in 2002 provided the time to pursue interests that had to be sidelined during the working years, when the job and raising a family took priority. These interests have included furniture making, researching family history, modeling military miniatures, gardening, reading, writing, and of course, ship modeling.
Ed is a member of the Nautical Research Guild and is a frequent and popular contributor the NRG's ModelShipWorld.com website where regular updates of his work on both the Naiad and Young America models have attracted thousands of views each month tor the past several years.
Ed and his wife Dottie have resided in Bucks County in eastern Pennsylvania since childhood except for several years on assignments in England and other locations. They have two sons, one daughter and four granddaughters.