Driftwood Boat Builders

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  • Driftwood Boat Builders makes boats from pieces of driftwood collected from beaches on the west coast. No two boats are alike as each piece of driftwood determines how the boat will take shape.

    Andrea Brewster’s story

    It all started after I collected some driftwood pieces on a beach in Skiathos. I managed to bring them home to Lancashire in my suitcase with the intention of making a few boats for friends and family. Everybody seemed to like them and soon I was making more part time for people who wanted one.

    How do you make your boats?

    The initial bit is laying out each piece of boat shaped wood and finding a mast to complement the piece. Then comes the drilling and glueing bit. The sails are all different depending on the shape of the boat and mast so each sail is drawn and cut out separately. Once the rigging is attached I then rummage through my box of buttons and other interesting bits and bobs looking for suitable decorations for the boat.

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