Being lucky enough to be born alongside the river Fowey in 1962, boats and the river have always featured in my life.Repairing and maintaining my own boats from a teenager led me to working for a local boatyard, repairing, building and restoring small wooden and grp craft. Specialising in wooden rowing boats, wooden sailing dinghies, small wooden yachts and One design racing craft, as well as wooden Motor launchesIf you have a dream of a new wooden boat, have a restoration project in mind, or just need some advice on grandad’s leaky old boat, call in for a chat, give me a call on 07973 420568, or click here to send an email. Fowey wooden boatbuilding specialist Marcus Lewis has written to say that he has acquired a genuine 18ft Percy Mitchell-built Mevagissey tosher built around 1932 that he is offering as a restoration project with himself doing the work. Despite a few soft areas, he says she’s basically sound and would make a lovely day boat for any South West harbour or further afield. For those from outside the area, I should explain that Percy Mitchell of Portmellon was a very highly regarded boatbuilder in Cornwall.
Mitchell took over his employer’s yard in Mevagissey in his twenties and later moved the yard to Portmellon for easier launching. Marcus tells me that Mitchell went on to write a well-known book, A Boatbuilder’s Story that covers his entire working life and the struggles and successes of a wooden boatbuilder. Have you got news for us?If what you're doing is like the things you read about here - please write and tell us what you're up to. Classic Sailor is a new magazine about traditional and classic boats from ex-Classic Boat editor Dan Houston and colleagues that promises rather more coverage of the traditional craft around our coast. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Follow me on TwitterLooking for something?This is a busy weblog, and what you're looking for is probably still here - just a little way down the list now. Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques. Cindy has her own jewellery workshop in Fowey and is always on hand for demonstrations and to offer design advice.
Janet designs and makes a range of contemporary silver jewellery from her workshop at Trethake Mill. Possibly the best ceramicist in Cornwall, Chris throws and fires stunning pots in his studio near Lanhydrock.
Ian worked on BBC Living Planet and BBC Frozen Planet, and is one of the top wildlife photographers in the world. Tom French runs his own bakery in the middle of Fowey making fresh bread, cakes and biscuits. Born in London, Ilric studied at Goldsmiths, working as a graphics designer in advertising and a medical artist producing very complex drawings at the Welcome Museum, before entering the 'serious art world'.
A figurative artist painting the human form, Andrew's work is both beautiful and disturbing.
Formerly the Fowey Candle Company, Ben and Shona Hands sell handmade candles, soaps, perfumes and gifts from their farm shop near Lanhydrock. Dave produces perfectly symmetrical, beautifully designed baskets using willow from Somerset. Ways With Willow is a social enterprise, based in Fowey, that provide beginner's willow courses and workshops throughout the wider social community. Ways With Willow works with people of all ages, from all backgrounds, and specialises in working with adults and children who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated. Passionate about the preservation and revival of traditional crafts, providing accessible opportunities throughout the community, and promoting the use of willow as a sustainable material, Ways With Willow also runs bespoke workshops for individuals, organisations and events, specific to their requirements.


If you are genuinely interested in their craft and know something about wooden boats, it is worth visiting one of their workshops to see them in action.
Peter Williams served an apprenticeship with master boat builder John Fuge in Golant and is perhaps one of the most skilled craftsmen in the country.
Marcus Lewis is a highly skilled wooden boat builder based at the Windmill Estate at the top of Fowey. Tom Owen is another highly skilled wooden boat builder who specialises in restoring classic yachts. Maurice Hunkin is perhaps the most highly skilled traditional boat builder, having worked in the trade for many years. C Toms and SonsThe boatyard at Polruan has the largest facilities and is where many commercial fishing boats and ships are built and repaired. Other local builders also built Fowey Rivers, Percy Mitchell at Portmellon, Watty in Fowey, and by 1965 the fleet had reached 36 boats. However, there was an underlying interest in the boats, they could be used for racing, rowing, taking the family to the beach for a picnic, put an little outboard on the back and motor up the river on the evening tide to Golant or Lerryn, a multi purpose little boat. We have just launched numbers 63 and 64, our ninth and tenth dinghy of this class, with another on order, and are pleased to have nearly all our boats return to us annually for their re-varnishing and fitting out. 6M Plastic Fishing Boat Can install the motor Specifications good floatation and made from polyethylene and polyurethane foams can be use in both fresh and sea water.
One of the last jobs I undertook there was the restoration of ‘Bluebottle’ Prince Phillips Dragon class yacht, for the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, and she was on display for the Queen and Prince Philip when they opened the museum in 2002.After 20 years of working for someone else, I opened my own wooden boatbuilding workshop in 2003, and this has enabled me to concentrate on the building and restoration of some lovely wooden boats. He’s planning to start stripping out the grotty bits shortly followed by a programme of work put together to ensure the survival of a classic craft. Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget!
His pots are commissioned by Nathan Outlaw, the Duchy of Cornwall and individual collectors.
His gallery is in Fowey and if you get a chance to chat to him, he can tell you tales of ice flows, wolves and bears. The rosemary and walnut bread weighs a ton, is totally delicious and full of nice ingredients.
From then onwards, he worked in Brussels and London exhibiting at major art galleries before taking up residence in Mixtow.
His lovely work provokes an emotional response that is good for the soul and gives more depth to the art. The candles have good wicks so burn well and give off a good enough light to read a book by. Their sturdy construction makes them last a life-time and so much better for the planet than supermarket plastic bags that end up in the ocean. The port of Fowey has a long history of boat building, producing some of the finest craft in the world to supply the maritime trade. He is single-handedly responsible for building over ten of the Fowey River sailing boats that you see in the harbour today and originally served his apprenticeship in the area. Also, based in the Windmill Estate, Tom restored the beautiful 6-Metre Mylne-designed racing yacht Valdai.
His boatyard is tucked away in the woods along Passage Street and is just as the yards would have looked many years ago.


The Fowey River class dinghy is based on the Yachting World 15′ knockabout dinghy designed by Reg Freeman in the late 40s and the plans were published in Yachting Monthly to try and encourage people to build their own boats.
Second Hand Fowey Rivers do come on the market – contact us for latest information and advice, and arrange a trial sail.
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I was accepted into the Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association in 2005, and have recently qualified as an Assessor for Wooden Boatbuilding NVQ qualifications. Contact him directly on 07973 420568 if you would like more information or would like to view her. After the war his boats were in great demand; one of his most famous builds being the 28 ton Windstar, which the late King George V often sailed on, as did the young Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II.
If his doors are wide open and the chimney is smoking, it is worthwhile calling in to see the firing in action. This is how bread should always be produced and makes the pappy-white-sliced-bread from the supermarkets look like the ghastly product it really is.
Based on the outskirts of Fowey, Andrew is worth contacting for any commissions and to find out about his latest work. Huge advances in design helped to make Fowey ships, and their crews, some of the most admired (and feared) sailors of the maritime world well into the medieval period.
It is very difficult to get to the yard from the land, so best to ask Peter for permission to visit his workshops first and then approach by boat from the water-side. Tom and Marcus are perhaps the most approachable boat builders as they are easiest to find. Maurice has built a wide range of wooden boats, including the substantial gigs used for racing in the harbour. In the 1950’s, Hunkins Boatyard at Polruan built one for the local dentist, and others soon followed, with 15 boats in the fleet by 1957.
Chris trained in Japan and is so enthusiastic about his craft that you won’t be able to come away without buying one of his pots. Anyone who has read about the Chorleywood bread making process will understand why this artisan bread is good for you, excellent value for money and tastes so delicious. A particular favourite is the deep red candle at Christmas time while pale pink (Rose) and green are for the rest of the year. Inspired by Chuck Close and using a griding procedure from conceptual art, Ilric likes to produce paintings that take you on a 'child-like journey of exploration and adventure into the picture'. Minute details have to be convincing and he scales these up to produce huge landscapes and scenes. Hobbit-like in essence, Ilric's seascape paintings are highly collectable and displayed at the Harbour Gallery in Portscatho, the Drang Gallery in Padstow and Corman Arts in London.



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