Richard James – Class of October 2009
Richard joined the Academy in 2009. He was part-funded by his employer, Dart Pleasure Craft Ltd, now the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company, to sharpen his existing woodworking abilities. Richard works mainly as Master on wooden and steel vessels of up to 120 tons, but uses his woodworking skills to maintain the boats and make wooden furniture. He has refitted the bar area of a boat, made numerous pieces of furniture, and made repairs to all of the company vessels as well as laying a new deck. In June 2016 it was good to see Richard back when he further broadened his skills on the GRP repairs short course. Richard is still working for the same company.