Articles featuring The Boat Building Academy

  • Antique Furniture Restoration

    Listed on September 4, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Learn how to restore and repair antique furniture, reviving original patination and finishes. Guided by master restorer Christopher Booth you will reduce furniture to component parts, clean and repair joints and match veneers, stringing and timber for colour and quality and revive brassware and other decorations. You may work on a piece of your own...

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  • Marquetry

    Listed on August 21, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    No woodworking skills required to learn the intricate art of marquetry. Make simple motifs before progressing to more complex designs. You will also learn parquetry, shading and finishing techniques. You will take home at least two coasters and a decorative panel and some of the tools used to produce them.

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  • Basic Woodworking 3

    Listed on August 14, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Learn basic routing and wood bending and expand your dovetailing skills. You will make a curved, dovetailed box to take home. To join you should be practically minded with a little woodworking experience. This course builds on skills learned in ‘Basic Woodworking 1 and 2’.

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  • Basic Woodworking 2

    Listed on August 7, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Impress your friends with the beauty of your lapped and through dovetail joints. Using your new skills you will make a simple dovetail box with a lid to take home. The course follows on from ‘Basic Woodworking 1’, but is also suitable for people with other basic woodworking experience. Contact us to find out if...

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  • Basic Woodworking 1

    Listed on July 31, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Set solid foundations in tool sharpening and maintenance, wood selection and preparation. Make basic joints including framing and lengthening joints. An intensive four day course suitable for beginners as well as those with a little (perhaps school day) experience. You will make a bespoke picture frame to take away with you.

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  • GRP Repairs

    Listed on July 17, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Start with the basics of working safely with polyester based glass reinforced plastic (aka GRP) and understand the functions of components (e.g. resin, catalyst, pigments) before moving on to practical hands-on activities from gel coat repairs and colour matching to larger hull repairs requiring temporary moulds and formers. Six students maximum.

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  • Modern Wooden Boat Building

    Listed on July 3, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Shape and fit glued clinker and cold moulded planks, practice methods of strip planking and stitch and tape boat building. Learn the basics of scarfing (lengthening planking timbers) and lamination of timber components. Understand the theory of modern methods for setting up building moulds, backbone arrangements and lining-off planks.

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  • Build a Boat – Initial Set-up

    Listed on June 19, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Set up building frames and construct the backbone for modern and traditional wooden boats. Produce the stem, keel, hog and transom for a small dinghy and fit the components together to form the backbone. Also covers the theory of setting up for cold moulded, strip planked and carvel builds and includes a workshop tour of...

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  • Introduction to Boat Building

    Listed on June 15, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Ever wondered what thwarts or cold moulding are? This ‘boat building beginners’ course looks at how different boats are shaped and why, terminology, construction methods, materials, propulsion, sails and rigs and rigging. Unusually for the Academy this is a classroom based course, but workshop walkabouts and strolls to the harbour and Cornish Pilot Gig shed...

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  • Furniture Making

    Listed on May 8, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Improve your woodworking skills using bandsaw, router and biscuit jointer to make one of three pieces (chair, side or wine table) to take home. Expert designer/maker Mark Ripley instructs on design principles and ergonomics before you make joints, assemble, sand and wax your piece. You need some woodworking experience to join this course.

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  • Basic Woodworking 3

    Listed on May 1, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Learn basic routing and wood bending and expand your dovetailing skills. You will make a curved, dovetailed box to take home. To join you should be practically minded with a little woodworking experience. This course builds on skills learned in ‘Basic Woodworking 1 and 2’.

    Read more ...
  • Basic Woodworking 2

    Listed on April 24, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Impress your friends with the beauty of your lapped and through dovetail joints. Using your new skills you will make a simple dovetail box with a lid to take home. The course follows on from ‘Basic Woodworking 1’, but is also suitable for people with other basic woodworking experience. Contact us to find out if...

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  • Basic Woodworking 1

    Listed on April 18, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Set solid foundations in tool sharpening and maintenance, wood selection and preparation. Make basic joints including framing and lengthening joints. An intensive four day course suitable for beginners as well as those with a little (perhaps school day) experience. You will make a bespoke picture frame to take away with you.

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  • Introduction to Woodwork

    Listed on April 12, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    An absolute beginner’s introduction to the hand and power tools and materials used by boat builders and furniture makers. This is a classroom-based course with some very simple bench work.

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  • Sail Making

    Listed on February 13, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Design, cut shapes, machine/hand sew and maintain traditional sails for anything from a small dinghy to a round-the-world yacht. Learn modern sail making techniques using a Sailrite sewing machine and hand stitching for emergency repairs and final finishing. It may be possible to make sails for yourself, contact us for details.

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  • Wooden Boat Restoration

    Listed on February 6, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    A five day melting pot of traditional and more modern techniques. Practical activities include tool sharpening, timber preparation, scarfing, gluing, removal and re-fitting of planks, riveting and steam bending. Time permitting you will refit internal components (e.g. thwarts, risers and knees). If you would like to bring your own boat for the group to work...

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  • Modern Wooden Boat Building

    Listed on January 30, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Shape and fit glued clinker and cold moulded planks, practice methods of strip planking and stitch and tape boat building. Learn the basics of scarfing (lengthening planking timbers) and lamination of timber components. Understand the theory of modern methods for setting up building moulds, backbone arrangements and lining-off planks.

    Read more ...
  • Rope Work

    Listed on January 30, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Learn rope work techniques using three strand, double and single braids. Learn whipping and make grommets, back, eye and other useful splices.

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  • Traditional Wooden Boat Building

    Listed on January 24, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Get insight into and practical experience of the construction of traditional clinker and carvel craft. Learn and practise tool sharpening, scarfing, fitting, planks, riveting and steaming. Set-up theory and lining-off planks is also covered.

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  • Traditional Wooden Boat Building

    Listed on January 23, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Get insight into and practical experience of the construction of traditional clinker and carvel craft. Learn and practise tool sharpening, scarfing, fitting, planks, riveting and steaming. Set-up theory and lining-off planks is also covered.

    Read more ...
  • GRP Repairs

    Listed on January 16, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Start with the basics of working safely with polyester based glass reinforced plastic (aka GRP) and understand the functions of components (e.g. resin, catalyst, pigments) before moving on to practical hands-on activities from gel coat repairs and colour matching to larger hull repairs requiring temporary moulds and formers. Six students maximum.

    Read more ...
  • Build a Boat – Initial Set-up

    Listed on January 16, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Set up building frames and construct the backbone for modern and traditional wooden boats. Produce the stem, keel, hog and transom for a small dinghy and fit the components together to form the backbone.  Also covers the theory of setting up for cold moulded, strip planked and carvel builds and includes a workshop tour of...

    Read more ...
  • Not just a boat building school!

    Listed on January 11, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Blogs!, Crafts & Textiles

    The Boat Building Academy on Monmouth Beach is not just a boat building school. It also delivers intensive and highly practical woodworking courses, running from two days to 12 weeks.

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  • Renovation and Finishing

    Listed on January 9, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Instructed by Colin Henwood, of Henwood and Dean, master the techniques for producing a high grade paint or varnish finish; removing old coatings, preparing surfaces and applying the new finish.

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  • Introduction to Boat Building

    Listed on January 5, 2017 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Ever wondered what thwarts or cold moulding are? This ‘boat building beginners’ course looks at how different boats are shaped and why, terminology, construction methods, materials, propulsion, sails and rigs and rigging. Unusually for the Academy this is a classroom based course, but workshop walkabouts and strolls to the harbour and Cornish Pilot Gig shed...

    Read more ...
  • Antique Furniture Restoration

    Antique Furniture Restoration

    Listed on August 22, 2016 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    Learn how to restore and repair antique furniture, reviving and caring for original patination and finishes. Cost of materials will be included in the course unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Marquetry

    Marquetry

    Listed on August 15, 2016 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    No woodworking skills are required to learn the intricate art of marquetry.  You will learn about veneers and how to cut and shape them to create simple motifs and will then progress to more complicated designs.   The course is designed for beginners and the fee includes materials.

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  • Basic Woodworking 1

    Basic Woodworking 1

    Listed on August 8, 2016 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    An intensive woodworking course suitable for confident beginners as well as those with a little (perhaps school day) experience.

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  • GRP Repairs

    GRP Repairs

    Listed on July 25, 2016 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    This four day course starts with basic information about working safely with polyester based glass reinforced plastic (aka GRP) and understanding the functions of components (e.g. resin, catalyst and pigments)

    Read more ...
  • Wooden Boat Restoration

    Wooden Boat Restoration

    Listed on July 18, 2016 by Boat Building Academy in Featured Courses

    A five day melting pot of traditional and more modern techniques. Practical activities include tool sharpening, timber preparation, scarfing, gluing, removal and re-fitting of clinker planking, riveting and steam bending. Time permitting you will also refit internal components such as thwarts, risers and knees. Courses are suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced boat builders wishing to add or hone a particular skill. Well behaved dogs are welcome too. For more information please contact us. We are always happy to discuss which course is right for you. Please contact Janine Cashin on 01297 445545 or email office@boatbuildingacademy.com.

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