Paul belongs to: The Coble and Keelboat Society
Paul was born in Cullercoats. His family were in fishing and merchant navy. Paul got his first boat when he was 13. He has made a living from fishing and sign painting.
Paul was interviewed by Kylea Little on 1 December 2005. The interview took place at the Interviewee's workshop and lasted 38 minutes and 30 seconds.
"Well, there are a lot of styles that are used on this sort of stretch of the coast"
Well, there are a lot of styles that are used on this sort of stretch of the coast, the East Coast up to the north of Scotland which are very traditional. And the boats have been painted like that, I suppose for a couple of hundred years, like. And the letters were carved, the way the yard used to carve the little stem boards. You know, if you were so into it, you could see it come from that yard, or come from that yard, like, just like the style of the man who was carving the wood, you know. If you were like an anorak about it, you could tell! But there were styles you could tell where boats are from, just every village used to more or less have its own fellow who used to go down do the boats for the men, like. But thereís just less and less people doing it. But itís just try and keep it traditional, the way it was.
Interviewer: And you were mentioning you do, whatís the style called that you use when youíreÖ?
Thereís quite a few styles, like, but one of them thatís up there, the fishtail, that was supposed to bring you luck. Youíd find the other ones that were carved- you see it in chapels and Bibles and this kind of thing. Itís really fancy, like, itís a really old style, like.
Paul has 16 memories in the memorynet:
Paul's memories with a Traditions theme:
- Growing up in a fishing community
- First boat
- Learning traditional fishing skills
- The crew in the cobles and decline of the fishing industry
- Leaving the sea and sign painting
- Sign Painting
- Sign painting techniques and methods
- Making and mending equipment
- Paul in his workshop
- A hand painted sign
- Paul's coble
- Examples of Paul's sign painting
Paul's other memories: