The craft of building wooden boats is a living tradition that has been practiced across all Greece and through all historical periods. In the past it was one of the most prominent expressions of the maritime societies’ technology and craftsmanship with unique technical, typological and cultural characteristics, some of which date back to the Middle Ages and the Byzantine Times. There were many variations, or even different traditions, of boatbuilding that are linked to sea areas (Eastern and Western Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea), lakes (Pamvotida, Prespas, Orestiada, etc.), rivers (Pineios, Evros, etc.) and lagoons (Ambracian Gulf, Messolongi, Aitoliko and Lefkada lagoons, etc.).
The craft’s transmission from one generation to the next took place through empirical apprenticeship, which entails younger people learning the craft by working side by side with a master craftsman. Today empirical apprenticeship is still the only means of learning the craft. The Craft of Wooden Shipbuilding has been listed in the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece. See details here: http://ayla.culture.gr/en/xilonaupigiki_wooden_shipbuilding/