Ian has taught joinery at IBTC since 1996 and really is one of the best. Affectionately referred to by the students as Yoda it is a pleasure to be taught by him.
Initially working in a small team building the world renowned Contessa 32 at M J Slacks in Lowestoft and then on to the rivers and broads of Norfolk and Suffolk on both hire fleets and private river boats.
Rob moved into commercial GRP repair for both the offshore and fishing industries as well as fit out and repair work in the leisure sector. He then spent a few years away from boats, making furniture before moving into education, firstly at Lowestoft College in the carpentry and joinery department and for the last 9 years here at IBTC Lowestoft.
In addition to instructing in the boatshed Rob specialises in wood machining, GRP moulding and repair, rope work, splicing and wire work.
Having had an interest in boats from a young age, in 2003 David enrolled at the IBTC. After graduating from the IBTC David spent 3 years working in a local yard specialising in high quality wooden boat repair before returning to the IBTC to work on two commercial projects, followed by a project nominated for Classic Boat restoration of the year.
David now runs IBTC marine services and teaches lofting, plumbing and electrics and more. Importantly he is the owner of Foreman Ted.
Ted supervises all types of builds, but won’t assist on cat boats, or catamarans for some reason.