Category Archives: Techniques

Boat Camp – a Faversham project to build two John Welsford rowing skiffs this summer


The Faversham Creek Trust and local boatbuilder Alan Thorne (see his ad in the left-hand column) are raising funds for a project they’re calling Boat Camp – the idea is to get ten or so youngsters from Faversham’s Abbey School into a workshop for a fortnight this summer to build a couple of legendary New Zealand designer John Welsford’s lovely Joansa skiffs.

The project will be based in the FCT’s Purifier building by the Creek.

Alan has set up a Givey site for donations. The FCT is looking for funding for this from lots of sources including Givey

Another upcoming FCT event is the forthcoming Brents Dinner on the 2nd July. It’s a community fundraiser for the Brents Community Association, which is raising money for the Nautical Festival and for the cost of their planned open air gym. I’m told it was a great night last year, when it was held for the Swing the Bridge fund. Download this poster for details.

Fundraising for a Summer Boat Camp for ten 14-16 year olds from Abbey School, Faversham. Under supervised, expert instruction they will build two 15′ 6″ rowing boats (a ‘Joansa’ design – a lightweight skiff for two oarsmen plus one coxswain) in Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building. The finished boats will then be kept by the school for use on Faversham Creek or elsewhere.

Bande dessinée meets small boats


I love this poster for a world championship sculling race! My thanks to Nic Compton for spotting and sharing.

Read about London knot tyer Terry Barns in Spitalfields Life

Spitalfields Life Terry Barns

Here’s another characteristically well made Spitalfields Life piece, this time about knot tyer Terry Barns, who says that the English language doesn’t really have a word for what in French is called ‘matelotage’. I think he’s probably right…

Barns has been inspired by two knot tying legends, Des Pawson and the Ashley Book of Knots , and first met the International Guild of Knot Tyers at a stall outside the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich – most likely during one of the traditional boat festivals that used to be held there.

My thanks to Malcolm Woods for spotting this one.