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Jim Higginson – Class of March 2012

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Jim completed an art foundation course and started a Degree but realised he wanted to follow a more vocational path. Jim knew he wanted to be a craftsman of some sort but it wasn’t until he built a skin-on-frame canoe in his spare time that he realised boat building was the craft.  Since graduating the Academy in December 2012 Jim has worked for T. Nielsen & Company, on boats ranging from canal boats to tall ships.  A few of the larger projects Jim has been involved with are:

• Kaskelot – 153’ Three Masted Barque (formerly of Square Sail, Cornwall), hull repair, deck repair and a new section of deck
• HMS Victory – Re- fasten and re-caulk quarter deck (oakum and pitch), including some repair to the deck planking. Repairs to beak deck caulking (cotton and sikaflex)
• Regular maintenance of pilot cutters Olga and Mascotte – anything from planking to painting
• Block making and rigging for the film sets of ‘Pan’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ – splicing rope, making ash blocks, installation on set and operation of rig during filming
• Charmian – Brixham sailing trawler, restoration of deck hatches, rebuild deck structure (beams/ carlins)
• Building of two 12’ glued clinker pilot punts
• Restoration of 17’ daysailer – total replacement of carvel planking and timbers, repair of floors, replacement of stem (lamination)
• Other work including various wood working projects, GRP, basic rigging work (parcelling and serving wires, stitching leather, splicing rope, instillation of wires, blocks and rope)

The photograph shows Jim (left) featured in a Nielsen’s advert.

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