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May
09

2 Day Short Course in Dovetail Joints

A two day short course in dovetail joints took place over a weekend in Boathouse 4. “Brilliant course – my tutor was outstanding. It was so nice to be taught by someone who has a real passion for their craft and loves sharing his knowledge.  On top of the outstanding facilities it was interesting to develop the […]

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May
04

Generous Gesture from Royal Naval Shipwrights

The Portsmouth branch of the Association of Royal Naval Shipwrights has wound up after many years of comradeship and in doing so, decided to create a permanent legacy of their work. In a generous final gesture before the winding up of the Association, members used their remaining funds to create a trophy, depicting a skilled […]

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May
04
May
03

Where is your ‘Hole & Corner’?

Who knew that the term ‘hole and corner’ derives from an old English phrase meaning a secret place or a life lived away from the mainstream: somewhere you go to contemplate, create and be inspired? Today we’ve had the privilege of being photographed by an incredibly talented photographer based in New York and born locally in […]

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Apr
18

Yarmouth Old Gaffers visit IBTC Portsmouth in BH4

This is what the Yarmouth Old Gaffers said about their visit to us in Boathouse : Our first event of 2016 was a visit to IBTC Portsmouth (International Boatbuilding Training College) situated in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. 37 gaffers made the trip and were welcomed by CEO Nat Wilson and Yard Manager, Jim Brooke-Jones. Jim divided the […]

By Franw | Boatbuilding . Careers . days out
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Apr
14

BH4’s amazing wooden boat collection

It is hard to believe that we have been open just 5 months, here in Boathouse 4.   Our first weeks were well occupied, populating the cathedral like space with some famous and some more humble projects.  As each boat was craned into place so the picture of a true working yard began to develop and now we […]

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Mar
29

Tuesday 29th March Open

Despite storm Katie’s efforts we are open today. Main entrance open, boat out all ready to go, come and see us.

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BH4 Open today Bank Holiday Monday 28th March

Due to some wind damage access to BH4 is via the far end of the building today. Not the Big blue doors on Main Road. The  public are being diverted away from Main Road  towards Action Stations, they can then come back on to Main road at the far end of our building and access ourselves […]

By Gillw | IBTC Portsmouth
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