A farm tucked away in the Cotswolds UK is not where you might expect to find a boat builder but that’s me… You never know who is hidden away in these little workshops dotted throughout the countryside! For me building a boat is the ultimate woodworking project. Lines on a boat are very rarely straight and this adds a whole new dimension, challenge and beauty to the way the parts of a boat are formed.
Boats and wood have both been passions of mine since a very young age and I love the combination where the two meet. A particular favourite of mine are vintage race boats and runabouts from the pre-war era. I believe the ‘golden age’ of boating was a time when quality and style in wooden boat building was at its peak. That being said I am also fascinated by the advancement of technology, modern construction methods, design and how this brings constant change to boat building.
My father and his father have always ‘played with boats’ and wood, so I guess wooden boat building was a natural path of interest for me to end up following. I think of my work as a bit of a blend from new vs old; it’s classically styled boats, old and new and for me, and they have to be made from wood! I have also always had quite an interest in ‘tech’. I studied and worked as an electronics engineer for a number of years and often incorporate this passion into my work as well. This is the reason that I include a number of modern elements to my workflow such as CAD, CNC and 3D scanning.
Drop me an email if you have a wooden component that you would like made, a design that needs bringing to life or an old boat that you want to completely reverse engineer. If you would like to work together on a project, have a commission built or boat restored then please contact me, I’d love to hear from you.