Welcome to the Boat Building Academy

Established in 1997 by Director Tim Gedge, The Boat Building Academy has built an international reputation in the fields of boat building and furniture making. Situated at the very heart of the Jurassic Coast in Lyme Regis, Dorset, the Academy is a welcoming training provider taught by passionate professionals.

The flagship 40 week Boat Building course teaches men and women how to build boats to industry standards. There is no strict skill requirement to join the course, all that is asked for is enthusiasm and dedication to the training. Tuition is practical and ‘hands-on’, with minimal classroom learning. The course equips students in traditional and modern wood and composite construction methods, as well as other allied marine skills. For students looking to work in the industry, there is an optional City & Guilds qualification (Boat Building Maintenance & Support). The course also allows students the opportunity to build their own boat, discussed with the tutors early on in course. All boats built at the Academy since 2006 can be viewed here.

Since its inception in 2008, the 12 week Furniture Making course has produced a stream of capable woodworkers who have worked in all aspects of the industry, some graduates have even gone on to found furniture making business of their own. Highly practical and intensive in nature, the course furnishes students with the key foundational skills required by the industry. In the latter part of the course students make a piece of furniture of their own design, developed with your tutor. You can also choose to enrol for the Level 3 Diploma (broadly equivalent to an A Level).

For aspiring furniture makers and skilled hobbyists, the Academy is proud to launch the new 12 week Advanced Furniture Making course for May 2020. The advanced course will explore hand and machine tools, jigs and moulds for batch production, cabinet and chair making, presentation drawings and a focus on business studies. The final four weeks of the course will be spent producing a piece to gallery standard. Prospective students will be required to show sufficient skill and experience equivalent to the Level 3 qualification.

The 2 to 5 day short courses are ideal for novices, hobbyists and professionals alike. The short course programme cover a wide variety of elements from the Academy’s curriculum and beyond, ranging from 2 day introductory courses in woodworking and boat building, to more specialised courses such as GRP Repairs and Wooden Boat Restoration. The Academy also teaches hobbyist and pastime courses such as Marquetry, Ropework and the popular Antique Furniture Restoration course.

Testimonials from students who have completed courses at the Academy can be found here.

Please get in touch if you are unsure of what course(s) are right for you, or if you would to chat in more detail about a particular course.