Sunday, 1 June 2014

Close ups of copies and parts taken from a original Thames skiff

If you are anything like me and need to see the finer details of construction keep looking , i will be adding photos interesting details on this early Thames Skiff ,its a 17" from Henley not sure who would of built it, if anyone knows id love to hear from you !

Its Oak Frame Elm Transome, Mahogany planks. 

My attempt at a Transome copy , thickness needs to be reduced.
Close up of the molding on the Gunnel pinnned simply to the top shear plank.
This is the simply made Transome seat, love the scrollwork and wasn't that difficult to do!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Taking inspiration from James  Tisso 

Painted at Maidenhead Bridge circa 1877 for the metal Seat's 

Monday, 3 June 2013

 Above Boulters
 Signets feeding on mayflies
 Boulters Lock

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Thames at Maidenhead

 Just thought I'd upload some recent pics, these were taken at my favourite spots besides Guards Club Island, heading downstream under the Sounding Arch.

The other day I was rowing at the bow,  Mike in the middle, one oar each, Becky steering, the boat pulled very nicely up stream...I'm hoping to add some video of the river above Boulters Lock soon! 

When packing away for the day I found this little Toad hiding in the boat canvas, he has the most amazing old wise man eyes for such a young little creature. 

 That's Tim and myself out for a quick trip below Boutlers Bridge .

Wednesday, 8 May 2013


Sun at last!

It's been torture waiting for enough sun to get varnish on my first skiff build  but it all came together for the bank holiday Monday and boy what a day for launching a new rowboat! The sun was out and the sky was clear.

I'm very pleased with the skiff.  I opted to build the two oared version, but thought it might be pushing it a bit however as it turns out when you're solo she rows trim when rowed from the first seat, with two on board and being rowed from the bow end, she handles just as well. 

We rowed up to Boutlers round the back waters, then headed downstream under Maidenhead Bridge, past Guards Club Island, under Brunel's Bridge and a little down stream...Lovely! 

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Thames Boating proudly presents exclusive prints by Tim Robinson