01. Boat Building - Clementine and Belinda Joslin
In conversation with Clementine ______, we discuss the joys and challenges of wooden boat building, and explore the workshop that she works in. Then, Belinda Joslin from Women In Boat Building paints a picture of gender diversity in the boat building trade and discusses how mentoring and community support can uplift women on the shop floor.
Clementine was born and raised in Marseille, France, and always had a strong affinity for making and building. After travelling for 8 years and living in 4 different continents, she wanted to translate her interest for making into a profession. She found out about a boat building course and enrolled, combining her love for building with her love for the sea. She was hired shortly after by the Elephant Boatyard in Hampshire, UK, where for the past 4 years she has been working to restore and build new classic wooden boats. The role always provides new challenges which Clementine finds engaging and rewarding.