|Phil Speight is one of the most experienced and influential traditional canal boat painters of his generation.
Trained as a coach painter in the 60's he became a full time painter, sign-writer and decorator of traditional canal boats in the early 80's. Since then he has earned an enviable reputation as a canal professional – not only as a skilled and dedicated painter but also as a teacher of the traditional skills he cares for and studies so passionately. He has trained a number of outstanding modern boat decorators and painters among them John Sanderson (to whom he passed his boat painting business in 2009) and Meg Gregory (website “Scribe”) – a dear friend and the best of his apprentices.
In the last few years Phil has periodically worked away from the canals, painting the occasional car, steam engine and even a very splendid tattoo shop – so anyone who needs something painted in an authentically traditional way, don't worry if it isn't a boat! He even appeared on “Pimp My Ride” for goodness' sake. See his Coach Painting page.
Phil created Craftmaster Paints Ltd and Phil was Managing Director until 2009 while continuing his work as a painter. He now serves as a technical consultant for Craftmaster and the company's customers at need. He held the highest level of Accreditation in The Waterways Craft Guild as a Boat-painter, Decorator and Signwriter.
*Work on Gifford illustrated above could not have been completed on time without the highly skilled assistance of Meg Gregory and John Moore.
Phil has run training courses in traditional painting for many years and many hundreds of people have, over that time, gained valuable practical knowledge, a grasp of the historic significance of boat decoration and had a good time doing so – despite Phil's selection of appalling bear jokes.
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