For the past year people from Ireland and beyond have been making their way to the impossibly picturesque workshop location of Oldcourt on the Ilen River. They come from all walks of life, but share a common desire to learn new skills and to find a new way of sustainable living while discovering a timeless craft with some of Ireland’s few remaining traditional wooden shipwrights.
At weeks end participants have made new friends, learn new ways of doing things and ultimately depart with an inspiration and revitalization that can only be discovered from working on a boat like the Ilen in a place like Oldcourt.
Big Boat Build workshops offer an enjoyable and unique initiation into the wonderful craft of West Cork wooden boat building. Prior wood working experience is not required – workshops are open to everyone they are simply all about learning.
Our workshop leader is the noted boat builder Liam Hegarty. Liam welcomes anyone interested in wooden boats to join him in his charming grain store where in his Oldcourt way he reveals the mysterious skills and techniques of the West Cork style of wooden boat building.
To get confirmation of the next workshop dates or to book your place click here.
If you have any questions please call us on 086 2640479.