The Academy houses up to eighteen students on each long course, up to eight on the 12 week Woodworking Skills course and between six and twelve people on each short course. The on-site accommodation enables twelve students to make the Academy their home. Fifteen people form the Academy’s permanent staff, with training in some specific skills provided by visiting experts. Graduates call in regularly, usually timing their arrival to coincide with the communal teapot being filled at morning or afternoon break.
Ages range from 18 to 80. Some people have sailed since being children, others have never set a deck shoe on a boat. Some are already skilled carpenters, others have never picked up a chisel. People travel from all over Europe (they did come from all over the World until recent immigration regulations were put in place… but that’s another story) to train at the Academy, with many different reasons for doing so. But they have one thing in common – they are completely dedicated to their training.
The Academy is formed by the people who are part of it; past and present staff and students and the skills they possess.