Class of May 2014

The Class of May 2014 enjoyed a warm summer in Lyme Regis learning woodworking skills from 12 May to 1 August. From a range of backgrounds and from all over the UK they started as beginners, but all left after twelve weeks with a good set of woodworking skills and a body of work produced while learning those skills, including a piece of furniture designed and made by themselves.

The Woodworking Workshop was crowded on their last day when friends, family, staff and students from all courses came to the exhibition of their work and applauded their certificate presentation. They have now dispersed and are starting their new careers working with wood.

Ben Wagon

After leaving the Fleet Air Arm division of the Royal Navy where he worked on Sea King helicopters, Ben visited the Southampton Boat Show where he met graduates from the Boat Building Academy demonstrating their skills on wooden boats.  Ben knew he wanted to work with wood and joined the 12 week Woodworking Skills course to learn the skills to do so. Ben’s goal is to set up his own furniture making workshop.

Ed Harwood

Ed has spent time working on fibreglass boats, composites and props for theatre productions but had no formal woodworking training. He joined the 12 week course to develop a good set of carpentry skills which he will use in his work in the future.

Ian Holloway

Ian first came to the Academy on a one week Basic Woodworking short course.  Ian enjoyed the course, decided to further develop his skills and so joined the 12 week Woodworking Skills course.  As part of the course Ian designed and built a miniature greenhouse.  After the course he is planning to make a new gate for his garden, and then a variety of small pieces to sell at craft fairs.

Jason Hadley

Jason, a qualified RYA Cruising Instructor, joined the 12 week course after leaving the Army, where he taught sailing for seven years. He joined the 12 week course wanting to learn the skills for a new career in a relatively short period of time.  Marrying his love of classic wooden boats to his sailing and woodworking skills Jason will leave the course to skipper and maintain classic boats.

Toby Phillips

Toby has a degree in Anthropology and after graduating spent time renovating his home. Enjoying working with his hands and remembering happy times with family and friends building wooden huts and guitars, he decided to join the 12 week course wanting a career working with wood.  Toby would like to start his own carpentry business.

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