Class of September 2016

Aaron Perez

Aaron came to the Boat Building Academy to explore whether working with wood could become his future career.  Being in England also offered him the opportunity to improve his English (which was already pretty good).  Born in Colombia, Aaron spent his childhood in Switzerland and studied Art History and History at Zurich. This gave him a keen interest in traditional craftsmanship. He has a passion for painting and has painted many landscape scenes of Colombia in his spare time. His final piece is an artist’s paint box constructed from mahogany, with three drawers and a hinged top.

Terry Grey

After 20 years teaching Geography and Astronomy in Secondary Education, Terry decided he wanted to do something physical, using his hands and making something tangible. The course was recommended to him by an Academy graduate. Terry has thoroughly enjoyed this period of transition, learning practical skills.

As his final piece Terry designed and made a chest for his rare comic book collection. Made in rosewood, using sustainably sourced ebony for the details, this is a prototype for a piece which Terry, and we, think people will want to commission for their own collections.

Tony Bidgood

After travelling the world in the Forces Tony settled in East Devon and began reflecting on directions for a new career. He worked for a tree surgeon and local timber-framing company, but wanted to get a formal education in fine woodworking and was recommended a Boat Building Academy course. He came for interview during an end of course exhibition and decided that this was absolutely the right course for him. Tony designed and made a ‘treasure chest’. When opened up the chest reveals chess and backgammon boards, with secret panels for the chess pieces and counters.