The Class of March 2012 started on Monday 12th 2012. As is usual with Boat Building Academy students they come from a wide range of backgrounds but have one common aim – to learn the craft of modern and traditional boat building.
Over 38 weeks the group have developed their woodworking skills (some were absolute beginners, some had used a chisel before), worked with plastics, learnt lofting, made oars and more… they moved downstairs to the main workshop in June and started building their boats with the incentive of the Class of September 2011’s launch to spur them on. Not that it’s competitive…
They launched in December 2012. See our Events page for photos.
Don finished college a year ago, where he studied English, Film, Psychology and Environmental Science. During his studies, Don also worked as a Green Keeper at Slinfold golf and country club and continued to do so for a year after. Don decided not to go to university, and instead, chose to look for a more practical course. When he found the Academy on the internet, he knew straight away that it was something he wanted to pursue.
Geoff has worked in a number of different fields, including volunteering for the British Heart Foundation and working for a software testing company. After completing a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2010 at City University London, Geoff decided he wanted a more hands-on, practical career. He has undertaken various woodworking projects for family and friends, building a garden bench and gate and carving an eagle. He is currently making a Victorian sweet cart for a friend’s wedding reception in his spare time. As for the future, Geoff will see where the course takes him.
Rob grew up around water, his father runs a fish farm on the River Kennet, but doesn’t sail. Over the years Rob has covered almost every job on the farm, including working with green oak and making bridges and jetties. Wanting to master a craft Rob joined the Academy to learn boat building. His hobbies include camping, walking, swimming, playing the guitar and bushcraft. At the end of the course Rob will find work in the marine industry.