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.
Sign painting techniques and methods
"Normally I go in when the boats have actually been painted"
Normally I go in when the boats have actually been painted. All the gloss- you know, itís all been primed, undercoated, glossed, itís all ready- thatís when I get onto it, like, so. And its just sort of practice, where the letters go, where itís practical for them to go where theyíre not going to get bumped. You know, with doors coming up or gears coming up the side and itís sort of traditional where they go and the size is to suit the boat to keep it in proportion, or what should be. And just make sure everythingís dried and cleaned off and chalked out, put your name or the number, the port lettersí numbers on. There are certain regulations for them to be as big as, on certain size of boats theyíve got to be like one size, you know, like a minimum sizing. I take no notice of that and do it traditional!
Iím busy enough, like, itís just because thereís so few fellows doing it which is a shame, because itís, you know thereís nobody sort of interested. You could, modern methods are using plastic, absolutely no use on a wooden boat because theyíre bumpy, you know, and the water pressure when the boat takes a dive is just going to blow everything, everything off and itís just characterless, you know. They just donítÖ illegal because boatsí name and numbers have actually got to be painted.
Paul has 16 memories in the memorynet:
Paul's memories with a Skills theme:
- Growing up in a fishing community
- Learning traditional fishing skills
- Leaving the sea and sign painting
- Sign Painting
- Sign painting techniques and methods
- Making and mending equipment
- Losing traditional skills
- Paul in his workshop
- A hand painted sign
- Paul's coble
- Examples of Paul's sign painting
Paul's other memories: