Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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A traditional boatbuilding course at Plockton High School could come to an end if further funding is not secured.

Funding for the eleven year old project, Am-Bata, will finish at the end of May.  James Phimister, of Plockton High School, told The Skye Times that this leaves no other option but to mothball the project.

He says: "We have taught over 50 pupils the skills of traditional boatbuilding and have worked with West Highland College (UHI) for the last 3 years, we have formed partnerships with the local forestry commission who have kindly donated all of the Achmore European larch that we have required.

"We are putting out a request to local organisations to help fund us, the project needs £15,000 per year to continue offering this truly remarkable unique course in that Am-Bata is the only centre to run the course with SQA accreditation, meaning our pupils as well as gaining individual accreditation in the smaller units such as working with hand tools/power tools etc., leave school with accreditation in Traditional Boatbuilding and repair."

Boats from the project have featured in various promotions, including Danny MacAskill's video "The Ridge."  

Testimonials from pupils who have benefitted from the course are full of praise.  Says Molly Parsons: "The Am Bata project was an important and wonderful part of my final year at Plockton High School. It taught me the importance of detail and accuracy, patience and team work."

Further information on the project and how to get involved can be obtained on 01599 530 800 or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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