Dominik Gschwind – Class of March 2012
When we asked Dominik whether we could include him in the ‘Graduate Case Studies’ he said ‘Imagine, I myself was really inspired by those case studies on your website before starting my own boat building education at the Academy’. After graduating Dominik started to build up his own small boatbuilding workshop and business ‘Classic Holzbootbau’. But, in Switzerland where Dom is based, it is necessary to combine boat building with his previous work as an Architect and furniture designer. Dom now works in the office in the morning and, as he puts it ‘I try to change my pants in the afternoon and go down to the shop for the rest of the day. It fills my working days with a lot of variety and there is an excellent synergy with the office work when it comes to building architectural models’.
In the summer of 2014 Dom moved his workshop to a beautiful old framework house in the old centre of the village where he and his family live. His latest project is a 15′ Rangeley Boat, a double ended traditional clinker in western red cedar on oak frames. His Gartside gaff cutter ‘Gloey’, built as part of Dom’s training at the Academy and shortlisted in the Classic Boat Awards 2014, is with him. In Dom’s words ‘Well, that’s what happened since the amazing time in Lyme Regis…’ www.classic-holzbootbau.ch/