To some, four years of design school sounds like a long time. But in the story of “The Accidental Designer,” we learned that Tom Sullivan became a successful designer/builder after spending eight years as a shipbuilder’s apprentice.
Shipbuilding is something like woodworking or furniture design on a massive scale. The art and science of shaping enormous timbers into structures that are both attractive and seaworthy requires an understanding of wood and tools—from handheld analog to massive machines—that most furniture designers will never have to grapple with. And while a furniture designer may learn the porosities of various woods to understand how each of them will accept stain and finishing, the shipbuilder must learn these things because if they get it wrong, their creations will sink. The eight years versus four starts to make a lot of sense.
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