Class of September 2016
Aaron came to the Boat Building Academy to explore whether working with wood could become his future career. Being in England also offered him the opportunity to improve his English (which was already pretty good). Born in Colombia, Aaron spent his childhood in Switzerland and studied Art History and History at Zurich. This gave him a keen interest in traditional craftsmanship. He has a passion for painting and has painted many landscape scenes of Colombia in his spare time. His final piece is an artist’s paint box constructed from mahogany, with three drawers and a hinged top.
Holger, a retired Captain with Lufthansa, has a passion for river rowing boats and is an active member of the rowing club Ruder Club Fechenheim 1887 e.V. in Germany. He joined the woodworking course with little previous experience and was keen to learn craftsmanship skills, use of tools, types of wood and specialist techniques. Holger designed and made a ‘Breakfast Cube Seat’. The seat has various storage areas for tools and belongings. Next year Holger is joining the Modern Wooden Boat Building short course. He will then be able to fulfil his ambition to build wooden slimline lightweight rowing boats (normally carbon fibre) in his workshop in Sweden.
After Exeter College Jack went on to study Agriculture at Bicton College in East Devon. He has always liked wood and woodwork, and built himself a bench and bird box before he decided to develop his interest further and improve his practical skills. He took the Basic Woodworking 1 week short course then went on to enrol on the 12 week Woodworking course.
For his final piece Jack has made a hexagonal jewellery box from butternut wood and walnut. The box has drawers and ash, cherry and burr veneer parquetry on the top.
Jake was studying Production Design at Manchester University, but realised he was looking for something more hands-on and practical. Jake has enjoyed the intensive instruction and gaining practical, functional skills. His ambition now is to go on to find an opportunity to work with wooden instruments and to make classical and electric guitars.
Jake has designed and made a guitar stool, with a back rest to store plectrums made of purple heart wood. He is a mean guitarist and we will miss his impromptu performances in the dining room and workshop.
Nick saw the 12 week Woodworking course over a year ago when he spent his days in front of a computer in the horticultural sales industry. He wanted to work with his hands and wood – spending every day in a workshop doing something he enjoys.
Nick’s final piece is a creative, ambitious project. It is a ‘sculptural’ lamp. The base is American Black Walnut with oak steam-curved spiral ‘flames’.
After 20 years teaching Geography and Astronomy in Secondary Education, Terry decided he wanted to do something physical, using his hands and making something tangible. The course was recommended to him by an Academy graduate. Terry has thoroughly enjoyed this period of transition, learning practical skills.
As his final piece Terry designed and made a chest for his rare comic book collection. Made in rosewood, using sustainably sourced ebony for the details, this is a prototype for a piece which Terry, and we, think people will want to commission for their own collections.
After travelling the world in the Forces Tony settled in East Devon and began reflecting on directions for a new career. He worked for a tree surgeon and local timber-framing company, but wanted to get a formal education in fine woodworking and was recommended a Boat Building Academy course. He came for interview during an end of course exhibition and decided that this was absolutely the right course for him. Tony designed and made a ‘treasure chest’. When opened up the chest reveals chess and backgammon boards, with secret panels for the chess pieces and counters. Tony’s new career starts in earnest starts in January 2017 when he starts work here as our Machinist.