Class of January 2017

Barnaby Smith

Barnaby Smith

Barnaby joined the 12 week Woodworking Skills course at the start of a year long career break from his day job in science communication. His family have a wide range of arts and craft interests including his father who has built and restored dozens of wooden boats. When they were younger, Barnaby and his sister used to spend many hours in their father’s workshop ‘playing’ with tools, and he was keen to see if he could recall any of his childhood skills.

He was attracted to the course at the Boat Building Academy for several reasons: the outstanding quality of the instructors, the fabulous facilities in the Academy, and the wonderful seaside location.

For his main project piece, Barnaby designed a writing desk (sometimes mistaken as a table) with an African mahogany frame and a top made from Rengas wood from the jungles of Borneo, cut down in the early 1970s by his father’s friend Bill.