Class of January 2015

    Bella Bathurst

    Bella joined us in January… shortly after finishing the 12 week course in December (see her full profile here).  Bella wasn’t made to stay behind for bad behaviour, but decided that, despite it being tough by the sea with an extensive range of break-time biscuits, her woodworking skills would benefit more from another 3 months at the Academy than any of her alternatives.  She says she loved it so much she considered stowing away under one of the boats if we said ‘no’.  But we were delighted to make some adjustments to her training programme and Bella, in effect, completed a 6 month course.  Bella says redoing the course was one of the best decisions she ever made.

    Sam Horrocks

    Sam joined the course from London where he has worked as a content developer for a museum design agency and co-director of a business setting up and managing radio stations. In 2011 he bought a flat in need of renovation. He decided to take on the work himself, which involved laying floors, building an en-suite bathroom and much more.  It was such a satisfying experience that Sam decided to make a living from renovating houses.  For the last couple of years he has worked on different projects with a variety of trades people. To develop his skills, confidence and ability to produce finer, bespoke pieces Sam joined the 12 week course.

    Simon Downes

    Simon is from Ireland.  He worked in IT and as an outdoor activities instructor before, eight years ago, making a career in the superyacht industry.   Simon bought a plot of land in Cape Town at the beginning of 2015 on which he will build his own home.  He came to the Academy to learn the woodworking skills he needs for its construction and to make fittings and furniture.  Once the house is complete Simon will run a furniture making business and coffee shop from his new home.