Women’s Boatbuilding

Location: ARDTUN, MULL

Dates: 8TH TO 15TH JUNE

Price: £750


Archipelago Folkschool is a feminist organisation. We are committed to breaking down barriers that might stop people from participating in traditional crafts, and we work to challenge the gender imbalance that currently exists in both professional and amateur boatbuilding. Some told us that they would value a space created for them, which is why we’re running this week - boatbuilding taught by women for women.

By ‘for women’ we mean for anyone who identifies as a woman, inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people who identify in a significant way as woman or female.

The Work

Like in our other boatbuilding courses we’ll be building the Chase Small Craft Caravelle. A boat that perfectly marries actual technical boat building with easy to understand techniques - it’s a perfect boat for novices to learn to build for the first time. The boat is made in plywood from a pre-cut kit that means we can get the boat built comfortably in the week. Unlike other plywood boats we use timber rather than fibreglass to join the panels, which makes for a much nicer build process.

When finished we will launch the boat at Uisken Beach on the south coast of Mull - a stunning location that’s perfect for a beach day! If you’d like to take a boat of your own home you can do so for just the price of the materials.

The week is taught by Artist Cathy Weir and Designer Leanne Fischler. Both have had plenty boatbuilding experience but also come from different backgrounds and are great teachers. To find out more about them see here.

The accommodation

The week is hosted by Wild Campers at their base workshop on the Ross of Mull. It’s a stunning spot with views North to the sea and Staffa. The workshop is unheated but in June it’s usually warm and comfortable. Included in the price is all your food and accommodation for the week. We’ll be sharing home cooked meals each night, we can accommodate dietary requirements so just let us know when you book.

We have a nice static caravan as a living space for the week where we can cook and eat meals, however we’ll be sleeping in tents for the week. Participants need to bring tent, sleeping bag and roll mats - if that’s a problem we can arrange to provide any or all of this, just get in touch before booking.

If you’d rather have more luxurious accommodation we can also arrange that with our contacts locally, we’ll do our best to find you something that suits what you’re looking for.

Women's Boatbuilding