Students building the backbone of a clinker boat.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Patterns,Moulds and Backbones: 19-22 January

The Follow-on: From theory to practice!

In this intense, hands-on workshop you will learn how to start building a boat using its lofted full-sized drawings.Learn to make patterns and moulds directly from the drawings, and use them to shape and assemble all members of the backbone of the boat.
All shaping, planing and cutting will be carried out using hand tools - some prior knowledge of basic hand skills is required.

Tools and materials will be provided.

Date: 19-22 January
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: €350
The workshop is limited to six places. Please send a deposit of €100 to secure your place.
Contact us by email:
or by phone: 0868243073   or 0861725550

Course Schedule

  • Pattern and mould making
  •  Shaping Stem, Apron, keel, hog, deadwood and transom.
  • Transferring and planing on bevels and chamfers
  • Cutting and fitting scarf joints
  • Preparing copper bolts
  • Assembling backbone
  • Setting up moulds and backbone ready for planking

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lofting Workshop 17-19 November

Presented by Rui Ferreira and Anke Eckardt

Learn how to lift the lines of an old wooden boat and develop them into full size drawings.

Lofting is not only of interest to the enthusiastic boatbuilder. It is essentially the skill of drawing an irregular 3D shape in full sized detail and is therefore of interest to a wide range of disciplines such as Technical Drawing, Construction, Woodwork, Craft and Design.
We will provide you with the knowledge and skill required to create drawings suitable for pattern and mould making, which are required to start building a boat. This workshop will be followed by a series of others designed to lead participants through the whole process of building a boat.
Tools,materials and course notes will be provided.

Workshop duration: 3 days 10am-4pm
Date: 17th,18th and 19th of November
Venue: Our workshop in Dereenalomane, Ballydehob, Co.Cork
Cost: €250
The workshop is limited to 6 students, booking is essential.
Book by email:
or by phone: 00353861725550
Click here for an application form
A €100 deposit is required to secure your place.

Course Schedule

Day 1:
  • Setting up lofting grids
  • Taking lines off an existing boat and transferring them to drawing board
Day 2:
  • Plotting the Body Plan
  • Setting out waterlines
  • Plotting Buttock lines
  • Setting out diagonals
Day 3:
  • Development of Transom
  • Development of Stem and Keel sections
  • Creating a table of offsets