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News article created on 19 May 2016

Lock gate apprentice branches out to boats

Apprentice joiner Luke Wrzosek, currently serving his three-year apprenticeship at our Stanley Ferry lock gate workshop near Wakefield, has been taking a break from learning to make lock gates to build a new workboat bow.

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Luke is one of two apprentices at the workshop, which each year builds 54 sets of lock gates for our canals and rivers.

He's recently turned his attention away from lock gates and onto the bow of a workboat. He says: "It has been a brilliant new challenge to build the two-metre long wooden workboat bow. I’ve managed every aspect, from design and materials ordering to manufacture and finish.”

Crick Boat Show

Next week, Luke’s cabin will be taken to the Crick Boat Show (28-30 May), where visitors to the Canal & River Trust marquee will be offered the chance to help decorate it with ‘roses and castles’, part of the our celebration of this traditional canal folk art.

Luke adds: “As part of my apprenticeship I attend Wakefield College once a week so this is a fantastic project for my college portfolio. I hope lots of people enjoy decorating it at Crick Boat Show and I’m looking forward to seeing how beautiful it looks with all those roses and castles.”