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Medieval Boat building at Bede's World, Jarrow.




Cleaving whole logs into 32 sections which will then be hewn into planks with a broad axe.

Follow the project by clicking on the photos above.


Byker Rowing Club


2015 Rowing Training dates announced

Please see https://www.facebook.com/BykerRowingClub

for details


Byker Rowing Club has its own website for downloads and Club info (see the Facebook page for training and events)



Byker Boat Launch event

Today was the most amazing day, live radio interview on BBC Newcastle before 8am, then...

Sky Tyne & Wear - http://tyneandwear.sky.com/news/article/21805 (Sorry this site no longer exists)

Newcastle Chronicle -  http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/communities/byker/2012/06/04/byker-residents-team-up-to-build-22ft-boat-72703-31110318/

Hey -We built a lovely boat in a church!



Well done team, we braved the cold of winter and 5 months later made it out onto the water.



When they visited the church, local Byker residents were saying "Byker Boat will never fit out through the doors!".

Well I am glad to report that the five foot wide wooden boat fitted out through the four foot wide church doors!

How? -on her side of course...

Where there is a will there is a way.

We had a strong team, all hands on deck

- no problem.

Creative communities can break the big issues down into managble tasks - that's progress.



Boat building has the power to unite communities, we don't need to talk about your problems, just focus on the solution.

All walks of life came together within this project, no explaniation, just a gradual osmosis, understanding each other over time.



We actually walked Byker Belle a mile from the church down to St Peter's Marina, a big thank you to the local police who closed the roads for about 50 people who braved the rain and met us there to witness the launch. All along the way byker residents, hearing us singing, peered out their windows shouted through their house "There is a bunch of folk pushing a boat through Byker come and see!", camera phones pushed through curtains, gossip over garden fences, talked about for years to come. Priceless.



I am so proud of those people who took part in the Byker boat project 2012. We built a lovely boat which will be used by the people of Byker, getting them out on the river. The skills that were passed on remain within the community, bringing more people into future projects, building more and bigger boats, more people on the river, more fun, cohesive creative communities, working and playing together. get in touch if you want to be involved.


Here are the stars, the people who made it happen.



We currently have opportunities for corporate sponsors who might like to support the second byker boat. 


  - Drop me a line for a chat alex@puppetship.com






On the Thursday 31st May 2012 we will launch Byker Boat at 11am in St Peter's Marina Newcastle.

Everyone welcome!



Byker Boat takes shape


January 2012 saw us make a start on our fifth community boat and this boat is almost double the length of any we have built before.


Byker Boat has been commissioned by Newcastle's Science City outreach team and we are are please to announce that we will be opening the doors to the public on Wednesdays from 1-3pm until the end of May. We are building in the most amazing venue, St Michael's Church, perched at the top of Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE6 2DX Google Map http://g.co/maps/xbqrh


More info will be posted here Byker Boat



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