Ghost ships
Workshops & Courses

'Disappearing Lines' Boat Building Workshop with Gail McGarva

Work­ing with mas­ter boat builder and sto­ry teller Gail McGarva.

Learn traditional boat building techniques and try your hand at steam bending oak and create your own miniature ‘ghost ship’

'Disappearing Lines' shines a light on endangered boats and their communities by inspiring people through a programme of two-day workshops in traditional wooden boat building and talks on craft facing extinction.

12 + 13 October (2 day workshop)

10am - 4pm.

£120 for 2 days. Refreshments provided, please bring a packed lunch. Booking essential.

Gail McGarva is a specialist in the building of replicas, or as she prefers to call them ‘daughterboats’, breathing life into a new generation of traditional boats, not static museum pieces but expressions of living history. Gail integrates being as a boatbuilder with her work as a performer and facilitator, bringing to life the stories all boats have to tell about their communities and their shores. In 2014, Gail was awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to traditional clinker boatbuilding and heritage craft.