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Boat Building Academy Boat Building Academy

Reuben O’Connell – Class of February 2009

Born and raised in Cumbria, after a spell of overseas travel, Reuben worked in Scotland managing cottages on an estate, a role which included many practical jobs and repair work.  With no woodworking experience Reuben wanted to properly learn woodworking skills.  He says ‘The BBA appealed to me as a place to go and learn because of what I saw the students on the boat making course achieve.  I knew it would be a great environment to learn in.’  Reuben now lives on the Isle of Mull off the West coast of Scotland, designing and making bespoke furniture.  He has undertaken further training, including a spell at the Edward Barnsley workshops, and is a member of the Scottish Furniture Makers Association. ‘When I reflect back on my training at the Boat Building Academy the thing which really stands out is how well structured and organised the training was. The level and breadth of knowledge I gained over the course and have since been able to build upon went well beyond my expectations.’

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