Sean Quail – Class of September 2010
Sean joined the Academy on his return from A-Levels, travels and working on graphic design and photography projects. He wanted to train to make a living out of his hobbies and creative interests. After the course Sean volunteered on ‘The Boat Project’ – part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. They built a modern high performance yacht which is also a ‘living archive’ of donated wooden items (including a piece of a Jimi Hendrix guitar). Arbor Yachts was born of the Boat Project, employing Sean and fellow Academy Graduate Ian Davidson as boat builders. The skills learned at the Academy served Ian and Sean well, but they say they are learning more every day about working in a commercial environment. Boat building may not be as romantic as some people think, but Sean pointed out that it beats working in an office. Sean later went on to found his own company with school friend Will. Swapping boats for furniture Sean is now one half of Biggs and Quail.