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Southampton International Boatshow 2015

New & Outgoing Chairs of the WBTA

Left to right: Kevin Halcrow, Nick Newland, Adrian Noyes.

Thanks to outgoing Chair 2015

Kevin has been elected as Chairman succeeding Nick who has completed his three year term of office. We welcome Kevin to the post and thank Nick for his dedication to the Association.

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southhampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southhampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southhampton International Boatshow 2015

WBTA Trade Stand at the Southampton International Boatshow 2015


WBTA at Beale Park Boatshow, 2015

Beale Boat Show

Nineteen WBTA members exhibited a varied range of craft at Beale Park this year. They made a fine display of top quality design, construction and finish.

WaterCraft Magazine presented their annual Amateur Boatbuilding Competition and Makita Challenge, demonstrations of build and propulsion ingenuity. A wide selection of clubs, associations and trade stands were present making a varied, entertaining and informative show.

The new organiser this year took on the task at very short notice following the sad demise of his predecessor. His experience and effort produced a comprehensive show which can be the subject of further development which will receive the full support of our association. We look forward to plans for 2016.

Beale Boat Show

Beale Boat Show

Beale Boat Show

Beale Boat Show

Beale Boat Show


WBTA Celebrates 25th Anniversary

WBTA 25th Anniverary

The WBTA was formed in 1990 in consequence of the gathering of traditional boatbuilders at the Wooden Boatshow, then held at Greenwich over successive years. Since that time the Association has expanded and evolved to include a wider range of members, a reflection of changing times, and is a major influence in the promotion of all forms of wooden boatbuilding. A happy crowd gathered at the Beale Park show, we were particularly heartened by the presence of the Netherlands contingent. Jane Kerr, our life - long Secretary, produced a splendidly iced cake which was duly cut by herself and Chairman Nick Newland and shared among the party.

The Flying Dutchmen

'The Flying Dutchmen'

The Flying Dutchmen

'Chef de Camp'

' Chef de Camp'


WBTA Treasurer Retires

Lucie Henwood, our treasurer since the inception of the Association in 1990 has stood down. We thank her for her stirling service over many years and the generous support to the Association from both herself and husband Colin. A well deserved presentation was made at Beale Park by Chairman Nick Newland, to much applause from the gathering of members. Sharon Spears of North Quay Marine has taken on the role as of this year, we thank her for filling the post.

Our retiring treasurer Lucie Henwood

Our retiring treasurer Lucie Henwood


Southampton International Boatshow 2014, 12th - 21st  September

The Wooden Boatbuilders’ Trade Association will presenting its’ collective display in the prime position facing the main entrance. There will be a wide range of small craft on show ranging from those of traditional construction to modern composite build retaining a classic character. In addition we shall be mounting a boatbuilding demonstration producing a simple open boat, the traditional ‘Stromness Flattie’, providing an opportunity for visitors to try their hands at the trade.
There will also be a riveting demonstration providing instruction in the art of copper fastening, offering visitors a chance to test their skills.

Exhibitors include:-
Micheal Dennet
Alan Staley
Goodwood Boats
Adrian Donovan
Ian Richardson
Willow Bay Boats
Craftsman Craft
Lakeland Wooden Boats
Ryan Kearley
North Quay Marine
Star Yachts
Nick Newland, WBTA.
Kittiwake Boats
Swallow Boats
Nick Smith

WBTA Logo

Look out for our logo which is a badge of excellence. WBTA members offer the best in design and craftsmanship, together with a wide knowledge of the ever expanding techniques within the trade. Whatever your need or interest you are most welcome to visit us on our stand, please come and see us.

 

Heritage Crafts Association.

Henwood & Dean  -  'Maker of the Year Award',   2014.

Henwood & Dean  -  ‘Maker of the Year Award’,   2014

A new award scheme which supports and rewards excellence in the heritage craft sector, saw Colin Henwood presented with the annual Heritage Crafts Award at their annual Spring Conference on 22nd March 2014.   Held at Carpenters' Hall, the event was well attended by craftsman and women from all round the country many of whom, like Colin, are regarded as being among the very best in their field.   Colin was presented with his award by noted archaeologist Dr. Phil Harding of the Channel 4 programme 'Time Team' who displayed his customary sartorial elegance for the occasion.   The conference was entitled 'Tool Tales' and all the delegates were encouraged to bring a tool of their trade to display in a pop up exhibition.   Colin took along his Norris smoothing plane which he bought around 1980 at a market stall in Lymington at the start of his boatbuilding career, and which he still uses regularly and has pride of place in his tool box.

Norris Plane

Colin was delighted to be the recipient of such a prestigious award.   "I am enormously grateful to The Heritage Crafts Association and to the Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association who nominated me.   To be acknowledged in such a way by your peers is a very Humbling thing."   Colin intends to use the Award, both the money and recognition that it brings, to help promote craftsmanship especially to encourage and inspire young people who are contemplating a career in making things with their hands.

From the W.B.T.A. Membership:-    " Congratulations, Colin, there is no one more deserving, both in what you have achieved and your contribution to our association and the craft generally."  --   Ed.

 

Alan Staley of Faversham wins the 2013 Heritage Craft Skills Award

Alan Staley of Faversham wins the 2013 Heritage Craft Skills Award

Alan won his award, presented by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales at Glazier's Hall, in recognition of his achievements in training in traditional boatbuilding at his yard in Faversham. Alan is a senior member of the W.B.T.A., his yard is all that one might expect of a traditional boatyard and a credit to him. Well done, Alan, and well deserved.

Alan, his team, and the award at Faversham.   Congratulations, Alan.

Alan, his team, and the award at Faversham. Congratulations, Alan.

 

A new Website...

We have given a lot of thought to the website and what it needs to achieve for the Association and Members alike. The website has been designed to not only be 'Future-Proof' in that it's specially designed and built to automatically respond and adjust to smaller devices like Tablets and Smartphones, but to also grow with the Association and be a constantly updated source of information for both the Members and the Public.

We hope you will enjoy using the new features and functionality that we have introduced - for example the dedicated Profiles for each and every Member, the new Gallery page and the new ability to submit Questions or Comments directly to the Association..

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