MADELONDON, at the entrance to the show at One Marylebone, we're featuring a number of stunning wooden boats built by students of the Boat Building Academy - a boat building school housed in sheds overlooking the beach at Lyme Regis. Boats which will be exhibited are still being built and finished - we'll post details of the actual vessels nearer the time.
breadth of skill students gain would be impossible to come by in a single commercial yard. They also have the satisfaction that comes from producing beautiful boats. At the end of each course the boats are launched into Lyme Regis harbour, also launching the students' new careers as boat builders.
Students come from every background and from all over Europe. Academy graduates go on to work all over the world, but the training also appeals to those who want to extend their hand skills or take a sabbatical from their 'real' lives. The Academy aspires not only to give its students skills, but also to inspire them with a love of working with wood and their hands.