TALK: Head, Heart, Hand, a Boatbuilder’s Story


Wednesday 22 August 2018

Award-winning master craftsman and boatbuilder Colin Henwood has over 40 years experience of building, restoring and caring for wooden boats and will be running a two-day course at Messums Wiltshire on 23 & 24 August  in making a wooden canoe paddle from Ash.

Colin Henwood founded his boatyard, Henwood and Dean Boatbuilders, in 1982 specialising in restoring and building wooden Thames launches. The boatyard received many awards in the UK and abroad, and in 2014 Colin was awarded Maker of the Year by the Heritage Crafts Association. In October 2016 Colin handed the boatyard over to his team who are successfully continuing the tradition he began 35 years ago. Not one to retire, Colin has established a workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre where he is currently re-building a 1920 Thames motor canoe.

When time permits Colin writes for WaterCraft Magazine.

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