The art of carpentry, a free online course to better understand the trade

by Sandro Bagno Oct 27 14:28 UTC

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For anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of wooden boat building, this completely free online course on the traditional trade of shipwright will raise their awareness.

There are no prerequisites to participate since the courses are only intended to prepare for the professional title of naval carpenter. The lessons will take place online, twice a week from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for a total of 21 half-hour lessons.

The route is promoted by the Municipality of Monfalcone in partnership with the Framesport Interreg Italia-Croazia project and in collaboration with the Polo Tecnologico Alto Adriatico of Pordenone and the Cantiere Alto Adriatico Custom of Monfalcone. The deadline for registration is November 2, 2022.

Learning the traditional trade of naval carpenter

This initiative is certainly one of a kind. Anyone who registers for by November 2 will be able to take part in this free course covering many aspects of the traditional shipwright trade. The courses are not only aimed at those wishing to deepen their knowledge of wooden boat building and restoration, but also at potential future shipbuilders and enthusiasts of the craft. One of the main objectives of this initiative is to preserve the traditional profession of naval carpenter, defined as such in article 117 of the Italian Navigation Code.

There are no prerequisites to participate since the courses are only intended to prepare for the professional title of naval carpenter.

The course, in English and free, will take place online from early November to December 2022. It will consist of 20 hours of live streaming and 1 half hour of pre-recorded lessons. Bi-weekly two-hour classes are scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., usually Tuesdays and Thursdays. Any changes to the schedule will be communicated to participants well in advance. The final dates of the courses will be communicated to you by email.

The promoters

The training course for naval carpenters is organized by the municipality of Monfalcone (Gorizia), partner of the European project FRAMESPORT INTERREG ITALIA-CROATIA. The objective of this project is to strategically coordinate integrated and sustainable development initiatives for small ports, enabling them to be socially proactive as economic drivers of development along the Adriatic coast. This cross-border pilot program will be located in Monfalcone and will work in close collaboration with Polo Tecnologico Alto Adriatico de Pordenone and Cantiere Alto Adriatico Custom de Monfalcone.

The syllable

The topics, divided into modules, that will be covered during the course are:


  • Presentation of the training: its vision, its mission and the presentation of the actors of the project
  • Teaching methodology and individual exercises

Historical and economic context

  • Maritime history and tradition in the Adriatic Sea
  • Types of wooden, sailing and motor boats
  • Ship construction plans

Construction materials

  • Types of wood used in shipbuilding
  • Traditional and historical wooden constructions
  • High sustainability in new materials (and European strategic objectives of ecological sustainability)

Techniques with know-how in the restoration of wooden boats

  • Brief introduction to wooden boat design – the advantages of using wood for construction
  • Ship’s lines – read and understand design drawings
  • Restoration of wooden boats – a conservative or philological philosophy
  • Repair of wooden boats
  • Bonding systems
  • Inspect to determine damaged and critical items
  • Assess necessary restoration interventions

New Technologies (technical skills)

  • New design software for redevelopment
  • Use of augmented reality glasses – the Galeb case
  • Enabling technologies and European strategic objectives for digitization and sustainability
  • Product innovation: from idea to prototype, product and process engineering
  • Eco-design: design for dismantling
  • Innovative materials: technology transfer and ecological sustainability
  • Additive manufacturing: what it is and the benefits of adopting technology in the product innovation process

Communicate and live the tradition

  • Events and sports marketing for historic ships

Teachers and institutions

Here are the seven professors who will present the topics: Giovanni Francesco Scolari, Professor of Information Technology with 40 years of management experience in large companies such as Accenture, Montedison, Electrolux and Pirelli.

Alessandra Gruppi, holder of a degree in economics and banking, an MBA in international business, a master’s degree in business coaching and NLP, is president of Strategia & Controllo, responsible for strategic planning and control, startups and business coaching. She is a professor of strategic marketing at the MIB School of Management and collaborates in training at several business schools and international institutions.

Cristina Fonzar, Marketing & Communication Consultant at Strategia & Controllo, is an expert in operational and strategic marketing, luxury marketing, communication and public relations, event organization and management, launch and development of new products.

Federico Lenardon is a shipbuilder, designer and shipbuilder at Cantiere Alto Adriatico Custom. He was the only student allowed at the design table of Carlo Sciarrelli, the maestro of classic yacht design who died in 2006. Federico is the living memory of the historic designer and carries on the tradition of Sciarrelli.

Odilo Simonit is a passionate shipbuilder and racing sailor who, after ten years at the Hannibal shipyard, founded Cantiere Alto Adriatico Custom in 2006 with his partner Paolo Skabar.

Alessio Visintin, with more than 20 years of experience in 3D graphics, virtual reality and yacht design, is the project manager of SimCoVR, established in 1995. This company also specializes in professional engineering services using virtual and augmented reality in a maritime environment.

Luigi Valan, head of the FAB.LAB FVG of Friuli Innovazione, which is part of the project and technology transfer office of the INNOVA FVG consortium, a research organization in the autonomous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia which manages the technology park and scientist from Amaro (Udine).

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