Andrew Simpson

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Andrew Simpson
The Balmain Boat Company

Andrew specialises in building wooden boats. In spite of advances of technology and modern materials like fibreglass, there are dedicated fans of the craft who love nothing better than good-old fashioned wood. Andrew has made wooden boat building accessible to anyone by creating DIY rowboat and sailboat kits, using his skills as an industrial designer. Andrew uses recycled timber, then refines his designs using the latest CAD technology. Through his business, The Balmain Boat Company he wishes to create more designs inspired by the world's classic wooden boat forms, building awareness of the extraordinary joy of making a boat by hand and putting it on the water for the first time.