Ned’s Story

“Ned Trewartha is one of the rare true artists. His boats have Soul. All good boats seem somehow to be more than the sum of their parts and Ned’s especially have a real quality which sets them apart.They make one think: ‘I want this boat!”.

Iain Oughtred
March 2011

“Ned Trewartha wooden boat builder. His crowd stopping dinghies of lapstrake, copper riveted, Tasmanian woods have soul”.

June 2005
Pg 16 Wooden Boat. 184

Ned Trewartha has been a traditional wooden boat builder, specializing in custom made wooden dinghies. He has now layed down his boat building tools and is making furniture, sculpture and ukuleles. He works his craft in a  shed at Woodbridge, Tasmania, overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. A man attuned to the painstaking details that make a wooden boat sing. One of the first graduates of the Shipwright’s Point School of Wooden Boat Building diploma course.

Ned specialised in custom made clinker dinghies built from beautiful Tasmanian timbers. He has been building these handcrafted boats for 26 years and uses his boat building skills to create ukuleles, small sculptures and one-off pieces of furniture.
Unique, individual pieces are also made on commission. Ned’s work can be viewed at his workshop/Gallery in Woodbridge. 

Ned has a wealth of Australian songs and stories and has performed them at festivals and concerts over the years, but of late he plays for himself. He has a large repertoire of American and Irish songs. He has a fine singing voice and is equally at home singing ballads, shanties or bush songs. He is now passionate about making and playing the ukulele. He does not like waste. He loves birds and golf. Ned won the 2006  Lord Howe Island golf championship and the Huon Valley Open in 2015.

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Outside Eye – Off Center Harbor on Ned Trewartha

Making a mallet with boatbuilder Ned Trewartha

  • Clinker built sailing dinghy made by Ned Trewartha