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Shipwright Workshop

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See a stunning workshop...

Stroll down the high street to see the replica timber framed 18th century shipwrights’ workshop overlooking the Beaulieu River.

Constructed using hand hewn timber from the Beaulieu Estate, the replica workshop was hand-raised on 2nd August 2014. It now blends perfectly into the historical surroundings of Buckler’s Hard.

Shipwrightry student at work in the Shipwright Workshop


The building process was run as a community training project to teach traditional building skills. The finished workshop is the result of many hours of intensive manual labour by apprentices, students and skilled carpentry experts.

The timber roof of the Shipwright Workshop


The shipwrights’ workshop was built using timber from approximately 50 trees, all grown less than a mile away from Buckler’s Hard. It is glazed with special 18th century replica glass and tiled with re-claimed tiles to maintain its traditional charm.

Traditional building techniques used in the construction of the Shipwright School

See how it was built

Follow the progress of the project on the Shipwright School Blog.

The Shipwright School project was part-funded by the New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund. The Sustainable Development Fund is a grant scheme to encourage sustainable ways of enjoying and living in the New Forest National Park.

A last minute decision turned in to a fabulous few hours... We have loved it and enjoyed the experience. Staff were very friendly.

  • Facebook Review
  • October 2020

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