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International Boatbuilding Training College

Sea Lake Road

Oulton Broad


NR32 3LQ

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A practical approach to v-cutting lettering and decorative motifs into wood. This course is led by award winning lettering sculptor Gary Breeze.

This practical short course will suit any level of experience although some drawing skills would be very useful. A structured start is followed by guided independent practise. A simple approach to v-cutting letters will quickly lead to the creation of your first project, building confidence in both drawing and carving. Through group demonstration and individual tuition a more complex decorative motif will be tackled as over the weekend you are encouraged to develop your own piece of work. More experienced woodworkers may like to bring timber and ideas along from their own projects. A helpful approach to sharpening chisels will also make this course invaluable to anyone considering any form of decorative carving.

The course fee includes materials for the beginners’ project and a light lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Students are encouraged to bring any tools they may have and to prepare for the course by considering words, SHORT phrases or quotations to incorporate into their work.


Gary Breeze is recognised as one of the leading craftspeople in his field. For over 25 years he has won numerous public commissions, from the lettering on the Princess of Wales’ memorial to Richard III’s tomb. Gary has a broad approach to design, tackling everything from coins for the Royal Mint to landscapes, and was awarded a second RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal for his evocation of a medieval Broadland boatyard sponsored and built by students and staff of the IBTC in 2017.

Daily hours are:

Friday 14:00 - 16:30

Saturday 09:00 - 16:30

Sunday 09:00 - 15:30


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minimum age 18 years

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available at the college.

By Train: -There are two stations in Oulton Broad; both of which are just a short walk from the college.

Oulton Broad North is on the Norwich Lowestoft line which is the nearest to IBTC

Oulton Broad South is on the Ipswich Lowestoft line and a 10 minute walk away.

Lowestoft is the last stop on each line after Oulton Broad.

By Air

The nearest airport is Norwich.

What can I bring into the event?

What you will need to bring.


Work clothes/overalls

Boots or strong shoes

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

None Required


Hard pencil (2H+), Soft pencil (B), Eraser, 30cm ruler, any wood carving tools you may have.

Essential material will be provided and additional timber may be purchased from the college if required.


A half hour lunch is taken between 12.15pm and 12.45pm. A light lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

By Telphone 01502 569663

By email: courses@ibtc.co.uk

What's the refund policy?

To view our refunds policy go to https://www.ibtc.co.uk/refunds-policy/

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Sea Lake Road

Oulton Broad


NR32 3LQ

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