While rowing boats - the type used in racing - were once all made from wood, nowadays most boat shells are a lighter carbon-fibre plastic composite. But Londoner Bill Colley is one of the few people in the world still proudly building wooden racing boats for commercial sale - although he has barely completed a handful of orders in the last decade because of the dwindling amount of trade. So he spends his days down at his Richmond-upon-Thames boathouse waiting for his next order - and watching the world go by.
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