Nick Smith’s handsome clinker-built boats at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show

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Nick Smith traditional boatbuilder at Beale Park Thames Boat Show

Nick Smith traditional boatbuilder at Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2008

Nick Smith traditional boatbuilder at Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2008

Nick Smith’s boatbuilding work at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show.  If you
ring him, this is now the preferred telephone number:
0778 6693370

I’ve had another frantically busy week, so I’m afraid it’s taken me a little while to get these first photos from the Beale Park Thames Boat Show up.

In fact, I haven’t a huge amount to say about these photos of Nick Smith’s very nice work, so I’ll leave the pictures to tell their story.

Nick tells me that he builds these craft because he was brought up using similar craft, and that he learned his trade in a long-closed boatyard at Salcombe.

Apparently the historic old place is being developed for housing. In an  expensive place like Salcombe, I guess that someone is about to make a killing even in these times, but Nick’s certainly less than happy about the loss of the old yard. I can remember the place he’s talking about, and rather agree with him.

I’d also like to thank Nick for his kindness in taking us under his wing at the show this year – he has a lot to share about traditional boats and boatbuilding and I’ve a lot to learn, so I’m looking forward to having the chance to listen to him again soon.

Nick Smith traditional boatbuilder at Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2008

Nick Smith traditional boatbuilder at Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2008

Nick Smith traditional boatbuilder at Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2008

Nick Smith traditional boatbuilder at Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2008

Nick Smith traditional boatbuilder at Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2008


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